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Preview — Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas
This is the story of one man's fight against a multibillion dollar colossus. A man who stood up for what was right, whatever the cost.
The brilliant young forensic pathologist had no idea that the body on the slab in front of him would change his life, and ultimately change the world.
The body belonged to legendary American Footballer Mike Webster, whose mental health had...more
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**SOON TO BE A MOTION PICTURE starring WILL SMITH!
Dr. Bennet Omala, ( an interesting-inspiring man we get to know much about), was born in Nigeria. His 'own' history - family life - and
immigrating to America is a story worth reading in itself.
The bigger purpose in learning about Dr. Bennet ... ( this extraordinary man), is to read about his extraordinary medical discovery....(understanding & sadness about Mike Webster), and Dr. Bennet's ...more
For those of you who know me, you are already aware I’m a mom of boys. (You’re also well aware of the fact that I don’t really write reviews of books, but more just ramble on about whatever I feel like and post a bunch of gifs, so this “review” should be par for the course.) My one experience with football looked a little something like this . . .
Yes. They are doing exactly what it looks like they are doing.
When our ...more
Dr. Bennet Omalu was born in Nigeria in 1968. Bennet begrudgingly attends medical school as his father dictates and then decides to move to America. Once he discovers forensic pathology, Bennet sets out to get a job in Pittsburgh working with famed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht.
The course of Dr. Omalu's life changed when he performed an autopsy on Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive lineman Mike Webster. After learning of ...more
As you can probably guess, Concussion is an informative look at the now-indisputable (regardless of what the NFL says) fact that the repeated head injuries sustained in pro football do permanent damage to the brain in ways that later show up, heartbreakingly early, as ...more
As Bennet Omalu, Nigerian, completed his education he studied the brain. He chose forensic pathology as his specialty and ended up working under the renown Cyril Wecht, his idol and his mentor, doing autopsies, as he became an ...more
The book is also a biography of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant Nigerian forensic scientist who spotted the disease in these men and persisted, despite the efforts of the NFL to discredit and silence him. He stood against this giant corporate entity armed ...more
Best Non-Fiction Book of 2015
Award-winning literary journalist, Jeanne Marie Laskas returns following Hidden America, with her unique talent and style, uncovering real people, their obstacles, triumphs, and raw human emotions--written with wit, sensitivity, and compassion. A well-researched, gripping story, relevant to today’s top controversial headlines.
CONCUSSION, is brilliantly ...more
Even though ...more
A couple of days ago I decided to go ahead and ...more
Concussion is a so much more than a “football book”; it’s a medical mystery, a David & Goliath story, an immigrant’s story, and a story of a big-business cover-up…and, it’s my favorite nonfiction of 2015!
What I Liked
- This book was such an unexpected surprise for me! A third of the way through, football had been mentioned only once.
- The book opens with an intriguing “mentee vs. mentor” situation involving Bennet and his ...more
It was a thoroughly interesting read, where I enjoyed reading both about Dr. Bennet's life and the science behind his work.
The oddest thing about this book, is that these events transpired within the last fifteen years, even almost ten years. And it's so weird to read a biography about such a recent character in the pathological field.
It really should be titled Omalu, but that wouldn't sell many books.
It could be called Racism, because that is mostly what it is about. Were Omalu's skin any color but black, he would have the same status as Jonas Salk or Christiaan Barnard as a medical researcher.
It could be called An Incomplete History of Racism in the United States because it scratches the surface of the most complicated situation facing the United States. Particularly interesting to me would be the contrast of racism vs. ...more
My husband is a huge Steelers fan. In fact I once had a friend of ours tell me he ran into my husband in town and made the mistake of asking him about ...more
Definitely one of the best books I've read this year; Laskas does a fantastic job of detailing this story with the precision of a seasoned journalist while also providing readers with the emotion and suspense of a bestselling novel. I love Will Smith, but don't wait for the film!
I've already mentioned that this is not a book about football; I have to admit, however, that I love football and the involvement of the NFL is certainly something that interested me ...more
I'm SO very very glad my son does not play football.
It doesn't touch what I think is the defining cultural question its story presents: what has to happen to reform or eliminate football as we know it? I realized near the end of the book that what I wanted most was both more prescriptive and predictive than Laskas meant it to be. I wanted to hear more from the NCAA, whose feet, rather than being held to, should probably just be engulfed by the fire re: their treatment of ...more
I thought the story itself was an incredible one but I felt that he diversions of the ...more
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From 1994 until 2008 she was a regular, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, where her "Significant Others" essays appeared weekly. She has written feature stories for GQ, where she is a correspondent. Formerly a Contributing Editor at Esquire, her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Best American ...more