Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and bestselling nonfiction and mystery author. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Meredith, a neurologist, and their two children. In his spare time, he plays tennis and piano and writes (not very good) songs. Visit him online at www.mattrichtel.wordpress.com.
"One of those rare nonfiction books that transcends the genre. ...
A fascinating and engrossing account of the latest, and quite
astonishing, discoveries involving the human immune system. ... An
inspiring and wonderful read. ... I highly recommend this
extraordinary book."--DOUGLAS PRESTON, #1 bestselling author of
The Lost City of the Monkey God
"Matt Richtel's An Elegant Defense is a comprehensive and engaging primer on the body's 'ever-vigilant, omnipresent peacekeeping force.' The immune system plays an essential role in fighting infections and cancer and in regulating our normal health. Read this superb book to better understand one of the enduring mysteries of human biology."--SANDEEP JAUHAR, New York Times bestselling author of Heart: A History
"An expert examination of the immune system. ... Richtel illuminates a complex subject so well that even physicians will learn."--Kirkus, STARRED review
"Vividly told. ... Explicates for the lay reader the intricate biology of our immune system. ... Richtel succeeds in this formidable task."--JEROME GROOPMAN, New York Review of Books
"A remarkable journey of exploration inside the human body. ... Richly informative and engaging. ... Eminently readable and with so many important takeaways, An Elegant Defense is well worth one's investment of time."--Shelf Awareness