Force of Nature by Thomas Hager
The Life of Linus Pauling

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Linus Pauling (1901-1994) -- chemist, peace activist, vitamin C advocate, and the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes -- leaped the boundaries of physics, chemistry, biology, politics, and medicine to earn a reputation as one of America's greatest scientists and humanitarians. In a balanced, captivating biography, science writer Hager skillfully leads the reader through Pauling's pioneering work in fields ranging from quantum theory to crystallography to immunology. Drawing on scores of interviews with Pauling, his family and his colleagues, and on the two-time Nobel Prize-winner's papers, Hager limns a fiercely competitive, emotionally constricted man, irreverent, audacious, sometimes self-righteous and bullying -- a more complex figure than his public persona of maverick idealist. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified government documents, Hager tells the full story of the FBI's harassment and intimidation of Pauling for his leftist politics. The book ends with a detailed overview of Pauling's controversial late-life research on Vitamin C.

"A thorough and thoroughly satisfying biography of a genius" -- The New Yorker

"Magisterial.... a delicate balancing act of empathy and critical analysis" -- The Times Literary Supplement.

"Remarkable in both bringing to light Pauling's personality and evaluating his scientific work." -- Detroit Free Press (4-star review)

"Monumental and authoritative" -- Nature

"The definitive biography" -- The New Scientist

About Thomas Hager

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Biographer and science writer Thomas Hager has written or edited five books on medicine and science, most recently The Demon Under the Microscope. Hes the author of two books on Linus Pauling, including the acclaimed biography, Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Published May 22, 2011 by Monroe Press. 720 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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 An encyclopedic examination of an extraordinary life in science.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Force of Nature: The Life of ...

Publishers Weekly

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Linus Pauling (1901-1994), biochemist, peace activist, advocate of nuclear disarmament, champion of vitamin C as a remedy for colds and cancer, was a scientific genius who leaped the boundaries of phy

Oct 02 1995 | Read Full Review of Force of Nature: The Life of ...

Los Angeles Times

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With 627 pages of text and nearly a hundred more pages of notes and index, "Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling" by Thomas Hager is the more thorough, more detailed of the two books.

Feb 08 1996 | Read Full Review of Force of Nature: The Life of ...

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