I've been pretty reluctant to pick up best seller books about cancer and the history of cancer since I bought one a few years ago that I found so terrible I finally decided my time was being terribly misspent. So this morning's Morning Edition interview with Siddhartha Mukherjee, the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer was intriguing to me. The NY Times Book Review gave it a positive endorsement as well. Dr. Mukherjee had a great perspective on how we're doing in the "War on Cancer" and at the end of the interview, I decided to add his book to my Kindle.
Do you read books of this kind? Or do you find they don't add much to your knowledge base? How do you choose which ones to read given the boom in "health" books?