Reviewed: Hirsch


James S. Hirsch covers the spectrum in his book, “Cheating Destiny: Living with Diabetes, America’s Biggest Epidemic”.

Cheating Destiny-Hirsch

I recently ended this book’s journey of diabetes. I will say- James Hirsch writes a compelling story/autobiography/scientific journal. Covering the gamut of diabetes related topics, from the history of diabetes and insulin… to intimate personal stories… to others’ stories… and to new technologies and the future of the disease.

I found myself looking for perfect locales to devour the pages. While on campus, sunny corners abound and give of themselves as a place to relax. A pyramidal concrete structure became my unfailing sit while reading. Above grade, a ledge allowed my left leg to hang down, and a patch of grass for my bag lay to the right. Even the trail of ants in the connecting concrete corners did not detour my readings. Save when a good flicking was needed to halt their climb on my bare toes.

Any person with diabetes can relate to this book. Unwelcome “HI” messages, and stories of unquenchable thirst are discussed in the pages. The unfortunate timing of Hirsch’s young son’s development of T1 wells up your eyes and makes you demand a cure-right along with the author. Any person without diabetes can embrace it also, obtaining insight on a whole new world.

James S. Hirsch skillfully shows his passion for the disease along with his expertise in creating superb literature. Former reporter for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, reading his words was a pleasure. 

The author’s outlook on diabetes can at times be grim, often cursing the lack of forward progression of a cure. As you read he will discuss a technology, a management technique, or the like, and write a sentence or two of his own thoughts-be it of support or criticism.

Lastly, be impressed by the extensive research and personal interviews he conducted. People touching the diabetic world are introduced all throughout the book- ending with researchers and doctors who offer insight on the future.

After hunting two local Barnes & Nobles and a Borders(to cover my bases), I ended up ordering the book in-store. After a quick phone number, home and e-mail address, I was in the system and contacted, shortly, days later. At $25.00 retail, and a 20% off customer card, I scored “..Destiny..” for a comfortable $20.00.

Many others have also read and reviewed “Cheating Destiny” and posted on their respective websites. Check out some other blogs to soak up more observations.

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