NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • Now an incredible movie starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, not going tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made the most major scientific discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that demanding situations the lifestyles of America’s favourite game and places Omalu within the crosshairs of football’s strongest company: the NFL.
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the younger forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, whereas reporting a narrative for GQ that could pass directly to motivate the motion picture Concussion. Omalu advised her a couple of day in September 2002, while, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that will rattle the USA in methods he’d by no means meant. Omalu was once new to the US, chasing the dream, a deeply religious guy escaping the injuries of civil conflict in Nigeria. The physique at the slab in entrance of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a corridor of popularity heart for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of many maximum ever to play the sport. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. towards the tip of his existence, he used to be dwelling out of his van, tasering himself to alleviate his continual discomfort, and solving his rotting the teeth with large Glue. How did this happen?, Omalu requested himself. How did a tender guy like Mike Webster prove like this? the hunt for solutions may switch Omalu’s lifestyles without end and positioned him within the crosshairs of 1 of the main robust organizations in the United States: the nationwide soccer League. What Omalu chanced on in Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s psychological deterioration used to be no coincidence yet a disorder as a result of blows to the pinnacle that can have an effect on every person taking part in the game—was the single fact the NFL desired to ignore.
Taut, gripping, and gorgeously advised, Concussion is the stirring tale of 1 not likely man’s selection to face as much as a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to inform the realm the truth.
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“A gripping scientific secret and a blinding portrait of the younger scientist not anyone desired to hearken to . . . a wonderful, crucial read.”—Rebecca Skloot, writer of The Immortal lifetime of Henrietta Lacks
“The tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s conflict opposed to the NFL is vintage David and Goliath stuff, and Jeanne Marie Laskas—one of my favourite writers on earth—makes it as intriguing as any nice court docket or gridiron drama. A riveting, robust human tale—and a grasp classification on the right way to inform a story.”—Charles Duhigg, writer of The strength of Habit
“Bennet Omalu pressured soccer to reckon with head trauma. The NFL doesn’t wish you to listen to his tale, yet Jeanne Marie Laskas makes it unforgettable. This publication is gripping, eye-opening, and whole of heart.”—Emily Bazelon, writer of Sticks and Stones
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However the information of Strzelczyk’s prognosis used to be hitting Bailes tough, and Bennet was once attempting to provide him the room a grieving guy must reminisce. “Jugs,” Bailes stated. “Everybody enjoyed Jugs. i'd visit his house. I rode his bike. Did I let you know approximately his Harley? ” Bennet nodded. “The hat with the spike coming up,” he acknowledged, motioning together with his fingers. “He had the hat? ” “The helmet! ” Bailes stated. “Like a Prussian helmet. He had this field at the again of the Harley. He stuffed it with sweet. heavily, this was once a man who might force round and provides children sweet. Friggin’ Santa Claus. ” “You knew those guys,” Bennet acknowledged. “It is particularly diversified for me a slide. ” “He had a banjo and that giant beard, like a mountain guy, a huge lumberjack on a Harley strumming a banjo. heavily. ” “A character,” Bennet stated. He had so little to provide. He had no reference element. additionally, he was once higher conversing approximately useless humans as both simply useless humans or as spirits relocating on. The land of the dwelling used to be now not his area of expertise. “And it’s like, why? ” Bailes acknowledged. “With a lot of these men. And the place does it cease? I’m relatively thinking about if each soccer participant doesn’t have this. a few extra, a few much less. And in the event that they have it, who else does? What in regards to the infantrymen coming domestic, killing themselves? I don’t recognize who all. It’s excellent, and it’s just…it’s soccer. A online game. All this for a video game? I performed soccer. i like soccer. yet mankind doesn't want soccer. ” He stood up, fumbled with the wire at the desktop. Fidgety. progressively more, Bailes’s southern veneer used to be falling away. Cool preppy child, his dad a Louisiana preferrred court docket pass judgement on. Privileged child. terrific child. mind healthcare professional. Steelers staff surgeon. It was once as if the extra the sunshine got here on approximately CTE, the extra another person used to be crashing via and inhabiting Bailes, compassion used to be crashing via, or perhaps he continuously had it, yeah, he has to regularly have had it, Bennet idea. Compassion bottled up. “And you recognize, with Webster,” Bailes stated, his brain churning. He sat again in his chair. “I used to be consistently like, Why, Mike? Why is that this occurring to you? I suggest, should you knew Mike Webster in his best. I used to take a seat with him at my mother-in-law’s house…he may come over. He used to be nice. Then one time he used to be holed up within the Hilton and that i needed to come get him out, he used to be slipping, he used to be slipping and that i used to be like, What occurred? He used to be a warrior. i used to be like, Why is Mike doing this? Why? i'd imagine, that’s now not Alzheimer’s illness. I’m knowledgeable. i do know Alzheimer’s sickness. i used to be heartbroken gazing him. after which Justin simply is going off. Bam. Why? I can’t think it. i feel approximately all this and that i can’t think it. ” “They couldn’t support themselves,” Bennet provided. “I’m the physician, Bennet,” Bailes acknowledged. “The health care professional is meant to aid. ” “You couldn’t have recognized. ” Bennet leaned ahead, picked a speck of lint off his sleeve. He took the chance to modify the topic to Jesus and forgiveness. He observed God operating in mysterious methods and he noted angels. He stated simply being pals with those men, figuring out them the way in which Bailes did, loving them the best way he did, that used to be God’s paintings correct there.