The story of the extraordinary characters behind the invention of the contraceptive Pill
Chapter - 1: A Winter Night Chapter - 2: A Short History of Sex Chapter - 3: Spontaneous Ovulations Chapter - 4: A Go-To-Hell Look Chapter - 5: Lover and Fighter Chapter - 6: Rabbit Tests Chapter - 7: 'I'm A Sexologist' Chapter - 8: The Socialite and the Sex Maniac Chapter - 9: A Shotgun Question Chapter - 10: Rock's Rebound Chapter - 11: What Makes a Rooster Crow? Chapter - 12: A Test in Disguise Chapter - 12: Cabeza de Negro Chapter - 14: The Road to Shrewsbury Chapter - 15: 'Weary and Depressed' Chapter - 16: The Trouble with Women Chapter - 17: A San Juan Weekend Chapter - 18: The Women of the Asylum Chapter - 19: John Rock's Hard Place Chapter - 20: As Easy as Aspirin Chapter - 21: A Deadline to Meet Chapter - 22: 'The Miracle Tablet Maybe' Chapter - 23: Hope to the Hopeless Chapter - 24: Trials Chapter - 25: 'Papa Pincus's Pink Pills for Planned Parenthood' Chapter - 26: Jack Searle's Big Bet Chapter - 27: The Birth of the Pill Chapter - 28: 'Believed to Have Magical Powers' Chapter - 29: The Double Effect Chapter - 30: La Senora de las Pastillas Chapter - 31: An Unlikely Pitch Man Chapter - 32: 'A Whole New Bag of Beans' Chapter - 33: The Climax Section - i: Epilogue Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgements Section - iii: Notes Section - iv: Selected Bibliography Index - v: Index
Jonathan Eig, a former senior special reporter at the Wall Street Journal, is the author of three highly acclaimed books, two of which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (Simon & Schuster, 2005), won the Casey Award for best baseball book of 2005; his second book, Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season (Simon & Schuster, 2007), was named one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated, and the Washington Post. In his third book, Get Capone (Simon & Schuster, 2010), Eig discovered thousands of pages of new material on Capone, affirming his trustworthy reporting reputation in what the New York Times called a 'multifaceted portrait' and a 'gore-spattered thriller'.
The American journalist Jonathan Eig is neither a woman nor, indeed an expert of women's reproductive health (his previous bestsellers, as he points out, were about "ballplayers and gangsters"). Rather gamely, considering the sensitivities and politics involved, he's chosen to write a history of the development of the birth control pill - and he carries it off with wit, verve and scholarly research. -- Isobel Lerwick * Financial Times * Written with pace and clarity, The Birth of the Pill is a vivid portrait of four brilliant and courageous misfits. -- Frances Wilson * Telegraph * Brilliant ... reads like a thriller ... For all the criticisms levelled at it in later years, the Pill's philosophical impact has been as significant as its physical effect. Its advocates deserve this vivid and life-affirming history. -- Joan Smith * Observer *