Thursday, August 16, 2007

Misguided Geniuses

I will be the first to admit that I have only the most common of knowledges about Charles Lindbergh and most of that revolves around a tragic child abduction. Next week however, you'll be able to get a different view of Lindbergh; a view that many people don't know about and one that just may curl your hair! The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever will be on sale Tuesday August 21, 2007.

Sharing the biographical stage with Lindbergh will be 1912 Nobel prize winner for medicine, French scientist Alexis Carrel. These two men will work together towards their dreams of defeating death and pursuing immortality through "the mechanics of pumps, experimental operating room machines and science." An unfortunate obsession with eugenics takes the experiments from their lofty beginnings of trying to save a family member down to a misguided focus away from science towards social engineering, a research direction in which the Nazis were also very interested.

On one hand it is easy to see Lindbergh becoming so focused on this research to take his mind off the abduction and murder of his child and the suffocating tensions of his household, but racial purity? I will be very interested to hear the buzz about this book after it is published and readers have a chance to form their opinions.

The author of the USA Today article where I found a review of this book listed some alternate subtitles that could be applied:

"Geniuses Do the Creepiest Things" or

"Brains Aren't Everything"

Funny....but sad.

Happy Reading!


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