Books by Howard Markel

THE KELLOGGS by Howard Markel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A superb warts-and-all account of two men whose lives help illuminate the rise of health promotion and the modern food industry."
A dual biography of the highly successful Kellogg brothers, who "fought, litigated, and plotted against one another with a passion more akin to grand opera than the kinship of brothers." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2011

"From wonder drug to the monkey on their back, Markel testifies that cocaine did neither Freud nor Halsted any favors."
Medical historian Markel (Medicine/Univ. of Michigan; When Germs Travel, 2004, etc.) writes of a time when many Americans and Europeans enjoyed their daily rendezvous with cocaine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"Solid information on a serious subject, delivered with great assurance and style. (27 b&w illustrations)"
The author of Quarantine! (1997), which showed eastern European Jews being blamed for typhus and cholera outbreaks in 19th-century New York, chronicles six immigrant-associated epidemics of the 20th century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1997

"A valuable contribution to the history of public health in America, to New York City history, and to American Jewish history."
A revealing cultural and medical history that demonstrates how eastern European Jews, already subject to a kind of social quarantine, became the scapegoats when typhus and cholera struck New York City in 1892. Read full book review >