A Biography of the Human Heart
by Stephen Amidon and Dr. Thomas Amidon
“What a gem! Sparkling, multi-faceted, brilliant in every sense of the word.”
Joe McGinniss, author of Never Enough.
Pump On: A “Sublime” Biography of the Human Heart, Scott Simon, Weekend Edition
“A lyrical history of the human heart” Laura Landro
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“At once erudite and informative, written by a novelist and a heart surgeon who happen to be brothers, I loved this book.” Michael Moran, Slate.
Karen Weintraub, Boston Globe
Tristan Scott, The Missoulian.
“Engaging and informed” Clare Gibson
“An enjoyable celebration of the collaboration of visionaries”- Kirkus Reviews
“eloquently written…entertaining” The Missoula Independent
“an utterly entrancing consideration of the human heart….”The Sublime Engine” presents a thoroughly knowledgeable but sanguine discussion of what makes us tick. I recommend it – heartily.”
Barbara McMichael, Kitsap Sun
“In this biography of the body’s magical, miraculous organ, the brothers Amidon explore the ways in which people have “thought about the heart ever since it took root in the Western imagination.” Encompassing both science and the arts, Engine serves to understand the heart as a symbol of humanity.” Rebecca Adler Warren, More Magazine
“The writers…manage the scientific threads of their story without any textbook-like dryness. Their documentation of scores of cardiac maladies, however, is enough to prompt anyone to check her own heart rate.”
Becky Krystal, Washington Post
“The Amidon Brothers’ Book Tour.” I Claudio
“a lively, poetic look at our most precious organ.” Prevention
Julian Guthrie, San Francisco Chronicle
“According to The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart…the ancient Jews believed the heart was the organ that people used to communicate with their creator. It provided the Hebrew prophets with a “turbulent, bloody, tactile” metaphor. The Egyptians saw the heart as the part of the human being that could ascend to heaven, carried by a winged beetle.” Elizabeth Bachner, Bookslut
“No matter how much you think you know about the heart, you will be enlightened and entertained by this fascinating book.” ASAP Bookshelf
“Fascinating” Candace Chase, The Daily Interlake
Myers Reece, Associated Press
James McRae, Cath Lab Digest
The heart has always captured the human imagination. It is the repository of our deepest religious and artistic impulses, the organ whose steady functioning is understood, both literally and symbolically, as the very life force itself. The Sublime Engine explores the profound sense of awe every person feels when they ponder the miracle encased within the ribs.
“I cannot imagine a more enjoyable and informative, if not mesmerizing book, at once fascinating in detail and somehow larger than the sum of its parts. A biography of the heart is compelling because it isn’t about the heart so much as it is about being human. And this condition is invoked and explored, made dramatic and compelling through an astonishing collection of historical details. A lovely book, moving, witty, and, of course, told with great heart.”
Craig Nova, author of The Informer and The Good Son
“No matter how much you think you know about the heart, you will be enlightened and entertained by this fascinating book. From its image as a religious icon and the seat of thoughts and feelings, we are led through the great discoveries of its function, its diseases, and its cures, including the most up-to-date therapies and promising clinical research.”
William Parmley, M.D. former Chief of Cardiology, UCSF, past president of the American College of Cardiology.
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