- File Size: 1640 KB
- Print Length: 347 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0974457949
- Publisher: Winged Victory Press (January 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00514WM06
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Noble Vision: A Novel Kindle Edition
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The defects of government-controlled medicine are dramatized effectively in this page-turning story of the love of a brilliant physician for a beautiful ballerina who becomes his patient.
---MILTON FRIEDMAN, Nobel laureate economist
Salutary tale of what can happen to medical breakthroughs if Big Government claws even deeper into our healthcare system!
---STEVE FORBES, President and CEO, Forbes magazine
. . . an intriguing novel about how unintended consequences of good intentions can have a devastating impact on the healing professions. Unfortunately for us, Noble Vision, while a novel, comes too close to describing today's reality in medical practice. As such, it should serve as a wake-up call to free medical practice from the heavy hand of government.
---WALTER WILLIAMS, syndicated columnist
. . . Noble Vision is a chilling suspense story, with an intricate plot that thickens as the author explores deeper and deeper into the lives and minds of the characters. A well-researched . . . sensitively written . . . inherently captivating novel of suspense, Noble Vision is very highly recommended reading.
---MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Gen LaGreca’s novel does more to debunk the theory of nationalized healthcare than 90-percent of the non-fiction rebuttals on the market. It illustrates through a well-crafted plot the evils of bureaucratically managed healthcare while entertaining the reader at the same time. . . . The mounting conflicts of this lovingly sculpted first novel will keep you turning pages well into the night.
---LAISSEZ FAIRE BOOKS
A gripping story superimposed on today's threats to quality medical care. It's a great novel standing on its own, even without any medicine in it. However, this remarkable book also demonstrates the dire results of medical decisions made by non-medical bureaucrats and power-hungry politicians. Admittedly a novel, it is filled with truths of today.
---EDWARD ANNIS, MD, Past President, American Medical Association
The novel deals with some of the most serious issues of the day, lending the story an immediacy and vibrancy. The author's prose is polished and professional.
---WRITER'S DIGEST magazine
It was a wonderful surprise and a great joy to discover Noble Vision. It is an absolute page-turner of a novel with a strong pro-market message.
---JOHN BLUNDELL, author of Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady
. . . a novel about liberty . . . If you like Ayn Rand's novels, you'll like this one.
---EZRA LEVANT, publisher, The Western Standard
. . . [Noble Vision] captivated me from beginning to end. Its grim vision of the near future---or is it the present?---of medicine is all too accurate. Can a few men and women of principle turn it around? One must have hope.
---JANE ORIENT, MD, Executive Director, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
The novel both communicates and concretizes important philosophical insights and also deals with a very important practical problem, i.e. the future of medical care in the United States. It is truly a pleasure to read a first class novel which incorporates Ayn Rand's philosophy.
---JOHN ALLISON, Chairman of the Board, BB&T
A beautifully crafted and completely engaging novel. I read it in one sitting. It made me want to stand up and cheer!
---JAMES VAWTER, MD
Noble Vision takes on a controversial issue---health care and what is wrong with it. It's an inspiring, eye-opening book that the general public will enjoy and a must-read for healthcare professionals.
---HUNTSVILLE TIMES, Alabama
A remarkable first novel . . .
---GALEN INSTITUTE, Health Policy Matters
Noble Vision is a fine read. I got so drawn into the characters and plot. It reminded me of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
---JUDITH KLEINFELD, PhD, University of Alaska psychology professor and author of Go for It!
Noble Vision is a wonderful literary achievement. An extraordinary hero, a tender love story, a fascinating medical discovery, and an intense family conflict are dramatically interwoven in a plot that surprises and delights.
---EDITH PACKER, JD, PhD, psychologist
Noble Vision is a suspenseful tale of one surgeon’s heroic struggle to save his work and the woman he loves. It inspires us to search inside ourselves for what we know to be true---and to seek the courage to live by it. Intertwined with her gripping plot, the author presents a convincing repudiation of the presumed benevolence of socialized medicine. Truly a story for every patient and every physician!
---BETH HAYNES, MD
A fiction reader’s delight! Noble Vision has villains you will despise and heroes you’d love to meet. Add intrigue, betrayal, romance---you’ll be captured till the end and long for Gen LaGreca’s next novel!
---KAREN TIERNEY, MD
Noble Vision is a medical thriller that tackles pressing issues in medicine today, and there's romance, too. The writing, plot, and pacing knocked my socks off. I'm a very picky editor, so if I say this author can write, she can write!
---KATHARINE O'MOORE-KLOPF, KOK Edit--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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I bot the book for my wife who used to dance. I had no idea what it was about. She said the best book she's read in a long time. Told me to read it. Said I would like it. The book was a gift to my wife. When she told me to read it, she gave me a gift.
And the woman(Gen) can write!
Thank you, Gen. Thank you for keeping the flame alive.
The book fits into the Objectivist framework pitting a romantic hero against the dishonestly of collectivism and deceipt of altruism.
Great read. However, I think all Objectivist writers (including Ayn Rand herself) make an error thinking that it is possible to convince ordinary dull-witted "herd mentality" people that individualism and enlightened self-interest are positive goals.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
'The defects of government-controlled medicine are dramatized effectively in this page-turning story of the love of a brilliant physician for a beautiful ballerina who becomes his patient' -
(Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate economist.)
I am afraid Mr. Friedman took the book too seriously. It is, actually, a fantasy on the theme presented at the very beginning: re-opening of the Pandora's box full of rather horrible things.
Wikipedia tells us that Hesiod (ca 700 BC) presented this story of a 'first woman' on the Earth. Since then, Pandora meant TROUBLE and lots of it.
Interesting that both Greek mythology and Genesis considered the first woman a real troublemaker. That is, however, another story.
The author modified the story limiting it to kind of Medicare/Medicaid in the State of New York.
The spirit of trouble, however, is well preserved. What can go wrong, goes wrong and not by the supernatural but implemented by very, very evil 'inspectors'.
I was unable to follow most details, too depressing. At my very advanced age I experienced a lot of them personally and I did not want to be reminded of them. It may be, however, somewhat educational for younger folks.
The author is a bit political activist, probably a late Friedman's follower.
Human life on this planet has changed a lot during the last 2700 years. We have now some 1,000 Pandora's boxes being opened every other day and we are surrounded by a lot of trouble.
We have, however, a fairly good sanitation (in the Western world) and medical care that surely prolongs our average life spans.
The fact is that Medicare/Medicaid and, hopefully, soon Obamacare, are generally helpful. Even the author hints that, contrary to the ancient myth, the New York ballet 'Triumph' (with Pandora as the prima ballerina) added HOPE to the collection of troubles.
Surely worth reading even when you skip over too many depressing details.
Top international reviews
Very strongly recommended! Bravo.
Anyone who has the idea in their head that the government should guarantee free healthcare for everyone should read this book, because it spells out what is obvious to the rest of us: you get what you pay for, and that's a good thing.