[ONLINE] - Katie Engelhart, The Inevitable

Dispatches on the Right to Die

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To hear more about The Inevitable, we recommend you listen to the interview between Katie Engelhart and Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. Listen here.

The Inevitable by Katie Engelhart is a riveting, incisive, and wide-ranging book about the Right to Die movement, and the doctors, patients, and activists at the heart of this increasingly urgent issue.

Engelhart, a veteran journalist, focuses on six people representing different aspects of the right to die debate. Two are doctors: a California physician who runs a boutique assisted death clinic and has written more lethal prescriptions than anyone else in the U.S.; an Australian named Philip Nitschke who lost his medical license for teaching people how to end their lives painlessly and peacefully at “DIY Death” workshops. The other four chapters belong to people who said they wanted to die because they were suffering unbearably—of old age, chronic illness, dementia, and mental anguish—and saw suicide as their only option. Spanning North America, Europe, and Australia, The Inevitable offers a deeply reported and fearless look at a morally tangled subject. It introduces readers to ordinary people who are fighting to find dignity and authenticity in the final hours of their lives.

Join the New America Fellows Program for a conversation about the right to die with Katie Engelhart and New America CEO, Anne-Marie Slaughter.

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Katie Engelhart,
2018 Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, New America
Author, The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die

Anne-Marie Slaughter, @SlaughterAM
CEO, New America

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