The Immortalists : Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever

The Immortalists : Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever

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His historic career as an aviator made Charles Lindbergh one of the most famous men of the twentieth century, the subject of best-selling biographies and a hit movie, as well as the inspiration for a dance step--the Lindy Hop--that he himself was too shy to try. But for all the attention lavished on Lindbergh, one story has remained untold until now: his macabre scientific collaboration with Dr. Alexis Carrel. This oddest of couples--one a brilliant Nobel Prize-winning surgeon turned social engineer, the other a failed dirt farmer turned hero of the skies--joined forces in 1930 driven by a shared and secret dream: to conquer death and attain immortality.

Part Frankenstein, part The Professor and the Madman, and all true, The Immortalists is the remarkable story of how two men of prodigious achievement and equally large character flaws challenged nature's oldest rule, with consequences--personal, professional, and political--that neither man anticipated.


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Details

Author(s)
David M Friedman
Format
Paperback | 337 pages
Dimensions
135 x 202 x 23mm | 313g
Publication date
02 Sep 2008
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Imprint
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
0060528168
ISBN13
9780060528164
Bestsellers rank
1,462,676