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Death of a Man

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Lael Tucker Wertenbaker recounts her husband's life and, more specifically, his dying days and choice to die after his diagnosis of incurable cancer in 1954.
Unknown Binding, 180 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Beacon Press (MA) (first published 1957)
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Erin Pringle
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Death of a Man is a memoir by Lael Tucker Wertenbaker about her husband's diagnosis of incurable cancer--colon cancer, which is the same cancer my father died from. I found Wertenbaker's book on a list of books regarding self-deliverance, or a human's choice to end life during terminal illness.Continue reading review @ What She Might Think
Dereka
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book many years ago, the Wertenbakers appeared noble and courageous in the face of death (and Lael Wertenbaker told the reader many times how very noble and courageous they were). With this reread, having myself participated in two lengthy deathbed vigils, their approach seems selfish and reckless.

I have carried the book along through several book purgings and home relocations but it now has a noble burial via the recycling bin.
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Born in 1909, Lael Tucker Wertenbaker was a foreign war correspondent for TIME magazine in the 1930s through to the 1950s, prior to becoming a novelist. Through her work overseas, her and her husband met and befriended author Ernest Hemingway. She also wrote articles for magazines Fortune, Life, and US News & World Report as well as a few program scripts for CBS.

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