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Jonathan Eig's 'Birth of the Pill' a deft study of revolution
Jonathan Eig's 'Birth of the Pill' a deft study of revolution

The most transformative technology to affect the lives of women in the 20th century might seem an odd subject for Jonathan Eig, the bestselling author known for his books about the lives of notables such as Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig and Al Capone. But on second glance, Eig's three-year journey researching and chronicling the dream, the development and, eventually, the distribution of progesterone-based oral contraception for women makes a sort of perfect sense: As the author ably illustrates in this dynamic, highly engrossing narrative, the personalities on display share with Eig's previous subjects a stubbornness, scrappiness and high tolerance for risk. "The Birth of...

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