Saving Milly

  • by Morton Kondracke
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For many years a panelist on The McLaughlin Group, Morton Kondracke recounts his passionate and volatile marriage to Millicent Martinez, the Mexican-American daughter of a radical labor organizer. In 1987, after 20 years of marriage, Milly learned the shattering news that she had Parkinson's disease. Despite the devastating physical and emotional effects of the disease, for which a cure has not yet been found, the marriage grew stronger and deeper. Kondracke's moving and remarkably frank narrative chronicles his own transformation from a careerist to a caregiver and disease activist whose religious faith grew more profound as he tackled his wife's illness. In turn, he explores the realities of disease politics and argues for increased government investment in medical research.


What the Critics Say

"A deeply personal and bracingly honest account." (Publishers Weekly)
"This book is a love letter, an involving story of the devastating impact of Parkinson's, and a polemic demanding a substantial increase in federal funds for medical research." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Educational and entertaining

I had never heard of the author or his wife but of course have heard of MJ Fox. My wife was recently diagnosed with PD at age 43. Not knowing what the future holds this book showed me the importance of not wasting the good time we have now before the symptoms advance. Also, there may never be a cure. Twenty years ago Millie was told a cure was 5-10 years away. All they needed was money and time. Millions of dollars and 20 years later the docs still say 5 years to a cure. Hope for the best prepare for reality.
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- H. Connelly

very detailed account

The author relays in detail his wife's ordeal with Parkinson's... very informative, easy listen. As a healthcare worker, I enjoy hearing the patient perspective. Bonus political history of disease research funding.
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- Mom/RN

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape