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The Cost of Hope by Amanda   Bennett
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Mar 31, 2012

it was amazing
Read in August, 2011

This is the first time that Bennett, a highly talented journalist, has written about herself. It is done with grace, poignance, and authenticity. The story of her many-sided battle for her husband's life is etched in marble, a classic for this genre.
Showing the unrelenting honesty for which her writing is known (she is a judge on the prestigious Pulitzer Prize panel), the author raises a question for the society in which she lives, without pretending to know the answe: How rational is it to spend a lot of money for just a possible brief prolongation of the life of an incurable patient? What cost should society bear for one individual's glimmer of hope?
The only answer she gives is that, if she had it to do again, she would not hesitate before the mountainous expense.
But she seeks a social answer, a definitive answer. I doubt that she will get one.
Despite the weighty theme, the writing is airy, fast-moving, and, for the first part of the book, full of fun and laughter.
The author comes through as a good, thoughtful, and lovable person, and I'm sure the readers will agree.

Sidney Rittenberg, Sr
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