The Secret History of the War on Cancer

  • by Devra Davis
  • Narrated by Pam Ward
  • 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The war on cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease. Left untouched were many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, or the global environment. Proof of how the world in which we live and work affects whether we get cancer was either overlooked or suppressed.
This has been no accident.
The War on Cancer was run by leaders of industries that made cancer-causing products and sometimes also profited from drugs and technologies for finding and treating the disease. Filled with compelling personalities and never-before-revealed information, The Secret History of the War on Cancer shows how we began fighting the wrong war, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies, a legacy that persists to this day.
This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and distorted for private gain.


What the Critics Say

This is the gripping story of how a major public health effort to cure cancer has been diverted and distorted by private interests whose products have been linked to cancer or who stand to profit from the treatment of the disease.
"Davis writes with passion, driven by the conviction that premature deaths among her family members resulted from exposure to industrial toxins." (Library Journal)
"Kudos to Davis for stepping up to the plate." (Booklist, starred review)


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Customer Reviews

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Silly Book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

There's an important story to be told about science and cancer. This book doesn't tell it. Lots of distortions and misinformation intended to scare you. By all means, avoid science and eat blueberries, Ms Davis.

What could Devra Davis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Renew her mind. Get real

What three words best describe Pam Ward’s performance?


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- Adam Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-25-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.