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

W. W. Norton & Company, 13 okt. 2014 - 416 pagina's

A Chicago Tribune "Best Books of 2014" • A Slate "Best Books 2014: Staff Picks" • A St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Best Books of 2014"

The fascinating story of one of the most important scientific discoveries of the twentieth century.

We know it simply as "the pill," yet its genesis was anything but simple. Jonathan Eig's masterful narrative revolves around four principal characters: the fiery feminist Margaret Sanger, who was a champion of birth control in her campaign for the rights of women but neglected her own children in pursuit of free love; the beautiful Katharine McCormick, who owed her fortune to her wealthy husband, the son of the founder of International Harvester and a schizophrenic; the visionary scientist Gregory Pincus, who was dismissed by Harvard in the 1930s as a result of his experimentation with in vitro fertilization but who, after he was approached by Sanger and McCormick, grew obsessed with the idea of inventing a drug that could stop ovulation; and the telegenic John Rock, a Catholic doctor from Boston who battled his own church to become an enormously effective advocate in the effort to win public approval for the drug that would be marketed by Searle as Enovid.

Spanning the years from Sanger’s heady Greenwich Village days in the early twentieth century to trial tests in Puerto Rico in the 1950s to the cusp of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, this is a grand story of radical feminist politics, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and, ultimately, a sea change in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and briskly written, The Birth of the Pill is gripping social, cultural, and scientific history.


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Later generations would complain that the birth-control pill put the burden for contraception on women, but that's not the way these women saw it. Sanger and McCormick were born in the nineteenth ... Volledige review lezen

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This is an excellent biography of the birth control pill. It details how Margaret Sanger, Gregory Pincus, Katherine McCormick, and John Rock became involved with each other and developed one of the ... Volledige review lezen

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ONE A Winter Night
TWO A Short History of
FOUR A GotoHell Look
SEVEN Im a Sexologist
EIGHT The Socialite and the Sex Maniac
ELEVEN What Makes a Rooster Crow?
THIRTEEN Cabeza de Negro
SEVENTEEN A San Juan Weekend
TWENTYTHREE Hope to the Hopeless
TWENTYSEVEN The Birth of the Pill
TWENTYNINE The Double Effect
Selected Bibliography

TWENTYONE A Deadline to Meet

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Jonathan Eig, a former reporter at the Wall Street Journal, is the best-selling author of The Birth of the Pill, Luckiest Man, Opening Day, and Get Capone. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

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