When a book wins the Pulitzer Prize for best General Non-Fiction it is time to check it out at Monrovia Public Library. When that book is so singular that it was named by Time magazine as one of the most influential works in the past century then it becomes doubly compelling for readers and book groups who enjoy titles with great depth to seek out that book.
The author is an oncologist,a professor and a medical historian. Born and educated in India and later at Stanford and Harvard, he is also a Rhodes Scholar who attended Oxford University. The Emperor of Maladies is a very readable work that presents complex information that does not overwhelm readers. Documentarian Ken Burns based his recent film for PBS on the book.