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

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For all the attention lavished on Charles Lindbergh, one story has remained untold until now: his macabre scientific collaboration with Dr Alexis Carrel. Together this oddest of couples – one a brilliant surgeon turned social engineer, the other a failed dirt farmer turned hero of the skies – embarked on a secret quest to achieve immortality. It began in 1930 in the Rockerfeller Institute for Medical Research, a haven created by the world’s richest man so that medical investigators could pursue their dreams freed from the demands of clinical practice. For Carrel, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1932 for pioneering organ transplants, conquering death was the aim. But not for everyone – only for a select few. To help him Carrel needed a mechanical genius. Might that genius be the handsome pilot who astonished the world in May 1927 by flying alone across the Atlantic in a single-engine airplane he designed himself? The Immortalists is a captivating study of medical innovation, the fallibility of science and two adventurous minds. The Immortalists is a captivating study of medical innovation, the fallibility of science and two adventurous minds. David M Friedman has written for Esquire, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been a reporter for New York Newsday and the Philadelphia Daily News. His first book was published in more than a dozen countries.

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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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David M. Friedman's The Immortalists reads like riveting historical fiction but raises provocative questions about the shape of the future.--Ron Rosenbaum, best-selling author of The Shakespeare Wars and Explaining Hitler

"Difficult to put down...this is the book to read."--New York Times

"Fascinating and deeply disturbing. I love this book.--Simon Winchester (bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman)

Fascinating and deeply disturbing. I love this book.--Simon Winchester (bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman)"

David M. Friedman s The Immortalists reads like riveting historical fiction but raises provocative questions about the shape of the future.--Ron Rosenbaum, best-selling author of The Shakespeare Wars and Explaining Hitler"

Difficult to put down...this is the book to read. --New York Times"

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