Astonishing and often disturbing. This story of innovation and persistence merits a wide audience.
An engrossing and fascinating history of [a] simple but miraculous discovery, as well as the personal stories of the unsung heroes who fought to get it into medical kits the world over.
Fascinating, propulsive. A medical David and Goliath thriller.
Important and inspiring story about the invention of a life-saving blood clotting product and the struggle to save lives from injuries on the battlefield and everywhere. A terrific read.
Tom Frieden, MD, Director of the CDC under President Obama
Pulse-quickening. Charles Barber is a master storyteller.
A remarkable book about a remarkable story.
Colin McEnroe, WNPR
Fast-paced, races like a thriller. Barber leads readers on the path from product invention to implementation -- and it's a treacherous journey.
A classic American success story ... Inspiring.
Barber, a riveting storyteller, recounts the invention of a revolutionary way to prevent traumatic death from hemorrhagic bleed-outs—an urgent need in military combat—and the U.S. Army’s resistance to adopting it.
A story of an almost literal garage inventor who finds and develops a substance that has literal world changing powers. Barber tells a story at least as motivational as anything has ever been told about Alan Turing. Very highly recommended.
In the Blood is that wonderful kind of true story that is at times utterly unbelievable. Yet Charles Barber’s deep research and graceful prose turns it into something even greater: a portrait of an unlikely yet perfect friendship, a testament to the marriage of ingenuity and salesmanship, a fierce interrogation of groupthink, and a tribute to the courage of American soldiers and corpsmen. The story is inspiring, yet so many moments left me shaken.
Jeff Hobbs, author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
In the Blood is an amazing, all-too-true underdog story with intensely high stakes — thousands of lives in the balance. Medical miracles don’t happen overnight, and Charles Barber’s suspenseful storytelling helps us see and feel the struggle and frustration, the sweat and tears. The result is inspiring.
Robert Kolker, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Hidden Valley Road
The story Charles Barber tells in In the Blood crept up on me, grabbed me by the lapels and wouldn’t let me go. I found myself rooting for these two unlikely friends who face off against the greed and hubris of those with considerably more power and resources. It’s an astonishing tale, so deftly told, by turns unsettling and inspiring.
Alex Kotlowitz, best-selling author of There Are No Children Here
September 26th, 5 pm, at RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, CT.