The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

Jonathan Eig (Author)

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$17.95  $16.51
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
October 19, 2015
5.4 X 1.1 X 8.2 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Jonathan Eig is a former senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several adult books, including three highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, and Ali: A Life. Some Pigtails and Score for Imagination, also in the series A Lola Jones Book, are his first books for children.


[Eig] brings a lively, jocular approach to the story, casting an unlikely four-part ensemble comedy starring Sanger; the iconoclastic lead scientist, Gregory Goodwin Pincus; the Roman Catholic physician John Rock; and the supplier of cash behind it all, Katharine McCormick.--Irin Carmon
A tale of scientific progress and social change as engaging and gripping as any suspense novel.--Molly Langmuir
The pill is utterly ordinary today. The story of how we got here is anything but.--Hannah Levintova
Who knew that the history of oral contraceptives could rival a good procedural drama, with a scrappy group of believers racing against time?--Meredith Counts
An impassioned cultural history.--Laura Pearson
Eig's nimbly paced cultural history shows that the pill's genesis was anything but simple.
Suspense-filled and beautifully irresistible tale.--Ken Burns
Fascinating... Weaving medical, corporate, and political history with rich biographical detail, Eig turns the history of the pill into a scientific suspense story full of profoundly human characters. The result is cultural history at its finest.--Alan W. Petrucelli
A fascinating look into the evolution of medical practices, funding and ethics [and] an intricate portrait of how completely women's reproductive lives are woven into our culture in disturbing and contradictory ways.--Ashley Nelson
Masterful... when legislatures and courts threaten to negate the miracles of science and human progress so dazzlingly portrayed here, Eig's book is essential reading.--Kate Manning
Eig's research is thorough and his account exhaustive.--Emily Witt
Narrative nonfiction at its best... A fascinating and thorough look at one of the most important innovations of the 20th century.
Eig's stylish storytelling makes this a fresh, infectiously readable take.--Kate Tuttle
Absorbing... One of the book's great strengths--accomplished through his smart choice of lead characters--is the depiction of how arduous it is to make real social change.--Margaret Talbot
Aside from being a fascinating look into the evolution of medical practices, funding and ethics, Eig's book is an intricate portrait of how completely women's lives are weaved into our culture in disturbing and contradictory ways.
Detailed, compelling history... Eig does a remarkable job of keeping the science and the storytelling in harmony.--Josh Modell