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Would you try another book from Robert L. Shook and/or John McLain?
No. Had I been smart enough to look at what else he's written, I probably would have passed on this one. I wasn't, so I had no idea he was a corporate shill with no understanding whatever of his subject, and a drug-company sponsored agenda.
Has Miracle Medicines turned you off from other books in this genre?
No. The book doesn't belong in the Science section - it belongs under "corporate hagiography."
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The performace was uninspired, but that's hardly surprising given the text. Also, the author badly mispronounced technical terms, which sometimes made discerning intent a bit hard.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
No. You couldn't pay me to finish it - I listened to the two first (of a promised seven) profiles.
Any additional comments?
This book does not belong in Audible's collection - it's clearly a corporate sponsored attempt at cheerleading and image reclamation for drug companies. I would be surprised to learn that the author was paid by PhRMA to write it. And for all that, the writing is barely high school level. Shame on you for taking folks' money to promote this stuff.
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I read this after finishing bad pharma because I always like to hear the opposing viewpoint but this is so unashamedly preferential it actually made me burst out laughing. It is interesting to learn how many drugs were discovered (particularly insulin) companies created and the profits made Moreover, how before research, the idea drugs success were at the whim of market forces is fascinating but you won’t really hear any argument not made in the west wing episode In This White House. If I was trying very hard I could point out that I have had university lecturers saying research boards are sometime to stringent and slow research but this book is really just bias.
The real interest I have in this book is seeing it as propaganda. I mean this is well thought through making companies anthropomorphic by telling their stories is particularly good.