From the New Scientist
"THIS book does two things well. First, it details the history of medical science's crusade against cancer, from the brutal surgery of the early 19th century to the latest work on its genetic origins, while explaining the biology of the disease and how it spreads so successfully. Secondly, alongside this the author interweaves a frank story of his father's fight against cancer. He spares few details, from the effects on his father's state of mind to the defective p53 gene in his prostate. The result is perhaps the most readable and comprehensive account out there of our battle with the big C."