NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • Now a huge movie starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, not going tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made probably the most major scientific discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that demanding situations the lifestyles of America’s favourite recreation and places Omalu within the crosshairs of football’s strongest company: the NFL.
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the younger forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, whereas reporting a narrative for GQ that could cross directly to encourage the motion picture Concussion. Omalu advised her a couple of day in September 2002, while, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that will rattle the United States in methods he’d by no means meant. Omalu used to be new to the USA, chasing the dream, a deeply non secular guy escaping the injuries of civil warfare in Nigeria. The physique at the slab in entrance of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a corridor of reputation middle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of many maximum ever to play the sport. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. towards the top of his existence, he was once dwelling out of his van, tasering himself to alleviate his continual ache, and solving his rotting enamel with large Glue. How did this happen?, Omalu requested himself. How did a tender guy like Mike Webster prove like this? the hunt for solutions may swap Omalu’s lifestyles ceaselessly and positioned him within the crosshairs of 1 of the main robust organisations in the US: the nationwide soccer League. What Omalu found in Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s psychological deterioration used to be no coincidence yet a affliction because of blows to the pinnacle which may have an effect on each person taking part in the game—was the only fact the NFL desired to ignore.
Taut, gripping, and gorgeously advised, Concussion is the stirring tale of 1 not likely man’s selection to face as much as a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to inform the realm the truth.
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“A gripping clinical secret and a blinding portrait of the younger scientist nobody desired to hearken to . . . a wonderful, crucial read.”—Rebecca Skloot, writer of The Immortal lifetime of Henrietta Lacks
“The tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s conflict opposed to the NFL is vintage David and Goliath stuff, and Jeanne Marie Laskas—one of my favourite writers on earth—makes it as interesting as any nice court docket or gridiron drama. A riveting, robust human tale—and a grasp category on find out how to inform a story.”—Charles Duhigg, writer of The strength of Habit
“Bennet Omalu pressured soccer to reckon with head trauma. The NFL doesn’t wish you to listen to his tale, yet Jeanne Marie Laskas makes it unforgettable. This e-book is gripping, eye-opening, and whole of heart.”—Emily Bazelon, writer of Sticks and Stones
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