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Book Title: Journey|
The author of the book: Robert K. Massie
ISBN 13: 9780345316295
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.9
Edition: Ballantine Books
Date of issue: April 12th 1984
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Read this as a teenager and I remember that it really affected me. I loved how the chapters were alternately written by the mother and father. The Massies recount their journey of raising a son who is a hemophiliac.
I found the photographs haunting, and felt a real connection with the son. I hope I can find this book and read it again.
Bought it used from B & N and started it last night. I was planning to reread this before looking up the current status of the disease's treatments. But I couldn't wait so I goggled it last night. The son Bobbie is a year older than I am and he has had a most fascinating life up to this point. Just a few years ago he had a living donor liver transplant and is now cured! The donor has 55 to 70% of their liver removed. In 4-6 weeks the donor's liver is fully functional and shortly thereafter it grows back to it's original size. Remarkable! This is not done to cure hemophilia but Bob had hepatitis 3 which destroyed his liver. The liver makes the blood's clotting factors so being cured of hemophilia was a bonus. In the 1970's when hemophiliacs were getting aids from transfusions, Bob didn't. He was immune to aids so scientists have studied him carefully. Aside from the unusual medical history, Bob has had an interesting life. An Episcopal minister, crusader against apartheid,
and a politician to name a few of his accomplishments.
As far as reading Journey: BRILLIANT! Really loved it the second time around. It's out of print so if any of my friends wish to read it, I'll be more than happy to loan it out. It's odd to read the medical costs that the Massie family incurred with this disease. Compared to today's prices 50 years later, it's like a 1000% increase. With the current health care policy debates, this story is as timely as ever. It's dreadful but it seems we have made no progress at all!
Massie is the author of Nicholas and Alexandra which he researched and wrote about because his own son was a hemophiliac. I read that many years ago and loved it too. Last fall I read his latest book Catherine the Great. Massie is a superb historical author.
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Read information about the authorRobert Kinloch Massie (born 1929) is an American historian, writer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and a Rhodes Scholar.
Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929, Massie spent much of his youth in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in Westchester County, New York in the village of Irvington. He studied American history at Yale University and modern European history at Oxford University on his Rhodes Scholarship. Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from 1959 to 1964 and then took a position at the Saturday Evening Post.
After he and his family left America for France, Massie wrote and published his breakthrough book, Nicholas and Alexandra, a biography of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra of Hesse, and their family and cultural/political milieu. Massie's interest in the Tsar's family was triggered by the birth of his son, the Rev. Robert Kinloch Massie, who suffers from hemophilia, a hereditary disease that also afflicted the last Tsar's son, Alexei. In 1971, the book was the basis of an Academy Award winning film of the same title. In 1995, in his book The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, Massie updated Nicholas and Alexandra with much newly-discovered information.
In 1975, Robert Massie and his then-wife Suzanne chronicled their experiences as the parents of a hemophiliac child and the significant differences between the American and French health-care systems in their jointly-written book, Journey.
Massie won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Peter the Great: His Life and World. This book inspired a 1986 NBC mini-series that won three Emmy Awards, (Peter the Great (TV Series)) and starred Maximilian Schell, Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave.
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