Crusade to Heal America: The Remarkable Life of Mary Lasker


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Mayo Clinic Press
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.46 pounds
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About the Author

Judith Pearson is the award-winning author of three previous books: The Wolves at the Door, Belly of the Beast, and From Shadows to Life, which won the 2022 Nautilus Gold Award. A graduate of Michigan State University, Pearson and her husband divide their days between mountains and beaches.


"It's fortunate that Columbia University asked Mary Lasker to record an oral history, providing skilled author Pearson with much of the material for this fascinating portrait of a medical champion deserving more wide-spread recognition."--Booklist

"Finally we have in Crusade to Heal America a full-length treatment of the indomitable Mary Lasker, one of the most important advocates for public health dollars devoted to cancer research and heart disease. In Judith Pearson's able hands, Lasker, very often the only woman in the room, comes to life--her smarts, power, money, discipline and work ethic producing some of the most important achievements in funding for medical research of the 20th century."--Julia Sweig, New York Times bestselling author of Lady Bird Johnson

"Perhaps no American citizen did more for the country's postwar medical and research infrastructure than the indefatigable Mary Lasker. Crusade to Heal America tells the inspiring true story of how one woman impacted the public health of an entire nation. We owe a debt of gratitude to Mary Lasker, and also to Pearson, for reminding us of her subject's enduring legacy."--Christopher C. Gorham, author of The Confidante

"This landmark work by Judith Pearson brings alive the amazing Mary Lasker, the tireless crusader whose gentle persuasion and relentless dedication to medical research achieved transcendent success. It is the ultimate insider's account of how she triumphed in the secret world of the Washington power elite, with Republicans and Democrats alike, as she drove forward toward her goal to save millions of American lives."--Robert J Mrazek, award-winning author of The Indomitable Florence

"Mary Lasker's indomitable personality leaps off the pages of this book. The story of this resilient 'citizen lobbyist' captures her altruism, dedication and persistence, as it chronicles her life-long campaign to relieve suffering and cure disease. Her call to action, 'If you think research is expensive....try disease' is as true today as ever and should rally us all to take up her crusade to increase funding for medical research and thus move us closer to her goal to 'heal America'."--Claire Pomeroy, president, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

"Mary Woodard Lasker was a gem of a citizen activist who transformed the National Institutes of Health into the National Institutes of HOPE, turning it into the diamond in the crown of our nation's programs."
- Terry Lierman, Mary Lasker's close friend and Washington, D.C., advisor.

"This excellent narrative brings to life Mary Lasker, citizen petitioner, whose efforts to encourage federal support for medical research laid the foundation for America's leadership in biomedical research and advances in human health."--Jim Fordyce, nephew of Mary Lasker