An American Saga: The Story of Helen Thomas and Simon Flexner by James T. FlexnerAn American Saga: The Story of Helen Thomas and Simon Flexner by James T. Flexner

An American Saga: The Story of Helen Thomas and Simon Flexner

byJames T. Flexner

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This tale of two families is set on a grand scale, as James Thomas Flexner brings his talents to bear on his own noteworthy heritage. An American Saga is an historical narrative, grounded on documentary sources, which ends with the marriage of Helen Thomas and Simon Flexner. The account deals equally with the lives and the backgrounds of husband and wife, the author's parents. Simon Flexner was the famous medical investigator, discoverer of the "Flexner vacillus" and the "Flexner serum," who became the creating director of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University) and eventually acknowledged leader of American medical science. The Kentucky-born son of impoverished German Jewish immigrants, he grew up in penury. As he never completed the eighth grade, he was almost completely self-educated when he appeared at the Johns Hopkins University before its celebrated medical school had been founded. Almost instantly he began making the discoveries that soon made him the leading younger medical scientist in the United States.
James Thomas Flexner is a National Book Award Laureate; recipient of a special Pulitzer Prize Citation; winner of the Society of American Historians' Parkman Prize, the gold medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Eminence in Biography. James Thomas Flexner has won a Christopher's Award for his four-volume biography, Wash...
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Title:An American Saga: The Story of Helen Thomas and Simon FlexnerFormat:Other FormatDimensions:494 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.11 in

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ISBN - 10:0823215210

ISBN - 13:9780823215218

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"[Flexner] has used his talents to illuminate the homely and the grand family personalities and important ideas in this country's history. All thanks to Fordham University Press for bringing us this fine book."