The birth-control pill has been called the most important invention of the twentieth century. Yet its creation was anything but certain. This is the story of the eclectic group who created the pill against overwhelming odds: Gregory Pincus, the young scientist who was fired from Harvard University and forced to launch his own lab in a garage; Margaret Sanger, the radical feminist whose beliefs about sex frightened the old guard; Katharine McCormick, the philanthropist with a troubled past who bankrolled the research; and John Rock, the Catholic doctor with movie-star looks who battled his own church to win public support. Their story is told here with remarkable detail and narrative force by one of America’s foremost popular historians. Jonathan Eig delivers both a gripping scientific suspense story and a powerful social and cultural history.
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Jonathan Eig is the New York Times best-selling author of four books: Luckiest Man, Opening Day, Get Capone, and, most recently, The Birth of the Pill. He is currently working on a biography of Muhammad Ali.
Before writing books, Jonathan worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Chicago magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and two PBS documentaries made by Ken Burns. Burns calls Jonathan “a master storyteller.” But what really impresses people is that he once appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Jonathan lives in Chicago with his wife and children. To contact him, click here.