Charles Graeber is an award winning journalist and author of the Edgar-nominated, New York Times bestseller The Good Nurse, published in 2013, which recounts the 10 years of research and interviews of nurse Charlie Cullen, perhaps one of the most notorious serial killers ever. Graeber’s journalistic approach to researching and writing served him well in this riveting, can't-put-down account of Cullen’s destruction of more than 300 lives by a man who was well regarded by all who knew him.
Now, in 2018, comes Charles' new work, Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer. This is a book that anyone who knows or loves someone who faces, or who has faced, the journey of battling with cancer must read. It is written to draw you in with the human stories that embrace your heart and then feeds your mind with scientific information in terms that non-medical people can easily comprehend.
Immunotherapy is in its relative infancy, but this book helps us have a better understanding of its history and how it works. It often doesn’t offer a cure (yet,) and researchers still have much to learn about how to harness the immune system, but it certainly has revolutionized how doctors treat cancer and gives more hope than anything we've seen in a long time. Charles' research and journalistic style of writing have only improved with age. A delicate and intricate subject, his writing clearly lays down the knowledge in front of us while weaving in the human element that takes the mystery out of the science, into the heart, and keeps us turning the pages.
This book is for the everyday family living the everyday life until that moment comes when everything changes. It happens to all of us in one way, shape, or form. A co-worker, an acquaintance, a neighbor, a friend, a family member - cancer touches us all, and having the most knowledge that we can acquire makes us better equipped to make good choices. It’s clear that immunotherapy is now one of the most important weapons oncologists have in their fight against cancer.
This non-fiction book is engaging, informative, and at its core and at once, storytelling at its best.