New York occasions e-book Review
"[S]mart, delightful... a wonderfully enjoyable schooling in ethics, activism and science.”
Editors's selection, New York occasions ebook Review
An impassioned safeguard of highbrow freedom and a clarion name to highbrow accountability, Galileo’s center Finger is one American’s eye-opening tale of lifestyles within the trenches of medical controversy. for 2 a long time, historian Alice Dreger has led a lifetime of remarkable engagement, combining activist carrier to sufferers of unethical clinical learn with protection of scientists whose paintings has outraged id politics activists. With spirit and wit, Dreger bargains in Galileo’s center Finger an unforgettable imaginative and prescient of the significance of rigorous fact looking in today’s the United States, the place either the loose press and unfastened scholarly inquiry fight below dire fiscal and political threats.
This illuminating chronicle starts with Dreger’s personal learn into the remedy of individuals born intersex (once known as hermaphrodites). recognition of the stunning surgical and moral abuses performed within the identify of “normalizing” intersex children’s gender identities moved Dreger to turn into an across the world well-known sufferer rights’ activist. yet while the intersex rights circulate succeeded, Dreger started to discover how a few fellow innovative activists have been utilizing lies and private assaults to silence scientists whose information printed uncomfortable truths approximately people. In learning one such case, Dreger abruptly grew to become the objective of simply all these attacks.
Troubled, she determined to aim to appreciate more—to shuttle the rustic to ferret out the reality in the back of a variety of controversies, to acquire an international view of the character and prices of those battles. Galileo’s heart Finger describes Dreger’s lengthy and harrowing trips among the 2 camps for which she felt equivalent empathy: social justice activists decided to win and researchers made up our minds to place tough truths earlier than convenience. finally what emerges is a lesson concerning the intertwining of justice and of truth—and a lesson of the significance of liable students and reporters to our fragile democracy.
Booklist (starred review)
"A crusader within the mildew of muckrackers from a century ago, Dreger doesn’t try and disguise her politics or her time table. as a substitute she advocates for swap intelligently and passionately. hugely recommended."
Kirkus (starred review):
“Let us be thankful that there are writers like Dreger who've the wits and the center to struggle for truth.”
Jared Diamond, writer of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The global until eventually Yesterday
“Alice Dreger may win a prize for this year’s so much gripping novel, with the exception of something: her tales are actual, and this isn’t a unique. Instead, it’s a thrilling account of advanced reliable men and undesirable men, and the pursuit of justice.”
From the Hardcover edition.