Crusade to Heal America: Author Talk with Judy Pearson

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Join Judy Pearson as she discusses her newest book, Crusade to Heal America: The Remarkable Life of Mary Lasker. 

“I am opposed to cancer and heart attacks the way I am opposed to sin.” With that as her battle cry, socialite Mary Lasker rewrote the book on American medical research. With fabulous homes, jaw-dropping jewels, and museum-worthy art, Mary and her advertising genius husband, Albert, lived a highly privileged life. Yet she filled her days on a drive to transform the National Institute of Health from a single, poorly funded entity into the greatest medical research facility on the planet. 

Fusing elements of American history, New York high society, and shrewd political acumen, best-selling, local author Judith L. Pearson’s Crusade to Heal America: The Remarkable Life of Mary Lasker is a sparkling work of narrative nonfiction. Join Judy as she discusses this never-before-told story.

"(A) fascinating portrait of a medical champion deserving more wide-spread recognition.”—Booklist