Jonas Salk Biography, Titled The Saga of Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio, to be Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons

Salk's Family To Provide Author Access to their Father's Private Files and Personal Letters

New York, New York, July 8, 2002... The Saga of Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio, a biography about the life of Jonas Salk, will be published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, the best selling hardcover adult imprint of Penguin Putnam Inc. The book will be written by Jeffrey Kluger, the science writer for Time Magazine and co-author with Jim Lovell of Lost Moon: The Flight of Apollo 13, which became the basis for the hit motion picture Apollo 13. Jennifer Hershey, Vice President and Editorial Director of G. P. Putnam's Sons, acquired North American rights and will be the editor. The book is due to be published in 2004.

Jennifer Hershey commented, "What I especially liked about the proposal was that it promises, in addition to telling a thrilling science and human story, to also capture a particular and very significant moment in the cultural history of America. Jeff's ideas about the way in which this tremendous medical breakthrough helped define an era and a generation make for gripping reading."

This book will tell the compelling and dramatic story of Jonas Salk, a true genius who made a monumental discovery that shook the scientific world and forever changed our lives. In 1955, after hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide from a crippling virus called poliomyelitis, it was 41 year-old Jonas Salk's vaccine that eradicated the disease. This book primarily focuses on the years between 1952 and 1955 when the vaccine was conceived and ultimately proven successful, while simultaneously interweaving the personal histories of Salk and the others involved. The author has obtained the cooperation of Salk's family for this biography - they will grant interviews and give him access to their father's private files and personal letters. This book is especially timely, as 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of the announcement of the successful test to eradicate this killer disease.

Jeffrey Kluger is represented by Joy Harris of the Joy Harris Literary Agency, Inc. Matthew Snyder at CAA is the co-agent for film rights.


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