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How I Beat Coca-Cola and Other Tales of One-Upmanship


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Carl Djerassi is the author of the novels Cantor's Dilemma; The Bourbaki Gambit; Marx, Deceased; Menachem's Seed; and NO, and of plays, essays, poetry, and short stories that have been published in twenty languages. Renowned as both a writer and a scientist, he is emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford University, USA and recipient of 30 honorary doctorates as well as many international scientific honors. He lives in San Francisco, London, and Vienna.


"One of the pleasures of Carl Djerassi's witty, richly detailed stories is that they have the rare merit of letting us look into some special works--art, science--that are usually closed to writers who are only writers. The pen of the trained observer is as acute as his eye."--Diane Johnson, author of L'Affaire
"These stories describe abstract conflicts, jockeying for prestige, or social interactions seen as complexes of negotiation, and the pleasure they give is akin to that of being taken through a skillful game of chess by an explicitly authoritative commentator."--Colin Greenland, Times Literary Supplement
"This was a meal which, the more I ate, the hungrier I became. . . . The stories are attitudinal and intellectual, even instructive. They bring the reader into the culture and 'cultivated taste' of the sophisticated, worldly, even jaunty Djerassi: upper-crust Brits, opera, food, art, money, and sex (and sex and sex). . . . These stories are sophisticated fun."--Jeffrey I. Seeman, Chemical & Engineering News

"Carl Djerassi can write knowledgeably and wittily not only about scientists, but also about smart, competitive, obsessive people from many other walks of life."--David Lodge, author of Changing Places and A Man of Parts

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