Concussion

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jeanne Marie Laskas
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: November 2015
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Overview

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Will Smith, "Concussion "is the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football s most powerful corporation: the NFL.
In September of 2002, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, a young forensic neuropathologist named Bennet Omalu picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that would rattle America in ways he never intended. Omalu was new to America, chasing the dream, a deeply spiritual man escaping the wounds of civil war in Nigeria. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster aka Iron Mike a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the greatest to ever play the game. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. Toward the end of his life, he was living out of his van, Tasering himself to relieve his chronic pain, and fixing his rotting teeth with Super Glue. "How did this happen? "Omalu asked himself. "How did a young man like Mike Webster end up like this?" The search for answers would change Omalu s life forever and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. What Omalu discovered in Mike Webster s brain proof that his mental deterioration was no accident, but a disease, caused by relentless blows to the head, that could affect everyone playing the game was the one truth the NFL would do anything to keep secret.
Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, "Concussion" is the stirring true story of one unlikely man s courageous decision to stand up to a multibillion-dollar colossus bent on silencing him, and to tell the world the truth.

Author Details

Author Details

Laskas, Jeanne Marie

Jeanne Marie Laskas is a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, where her "Significant Others" essays appear weekly. A contributing writer at "Esquire," she also writes for "GQ," "Allure," "Redbook," "Good Housekeeping," "Health," and "This Old House," She is the author of The Balloon Lady and Other People I Know and We Remember: Women Born at the Turn of the Century Tell the Stories of Their Lives in Words and Pictures. She lives and farms with her husband and daughter, along with their poodle, mutts, mules, sheep, and other animals, at Sweetwater Farm in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania.