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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherwin B. Nuland Narrator: Sherwin B. Nuland Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A runaway bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin Nuland's How We Die has become the definitive text on perhaps the single most universal human concern: death.  This new edition includes an all-embracing and incisive afterword that examines the current state of health care and our relationship with life as it approaches its terminus.  It also discusses how we can take control of our own final days and those of our loved ones.

Shewin Nuland's masterful How We Die is even more relevant than when it was first published.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing…We are in the hands of a remarkable portraitist whose cultivated thought…quietly and informatively instructs and advises us on a subject of universal concern.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Eloquent and uncommonly moving…Nuland writes with unsentimental passion.”


  • “Nuland’s work acknowledges, with unmatched clarity, the harsh realities of how life departs…There is compassion, and often wisdom.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Nuland combines the clinical eye of a physician with…emotional and philosophical reflectiveness.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1994 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction
  • A 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maureen M | 1/11/2014

    " Nuland the surgeon walks the average reader through the processes that will take the lives of most people (heart attacks and strokes) and moves through the unusual ones such as murder before ending with the treatment choices that may face us at the end of our lives. He urges people to examine what they mean by "death with dignity" and to think hard about the cost-benefits of painful treatments that can prolong life but offer no cure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lp | 12/24/2013

    " I read this when I was much younger, so I didn't find it depressing at all. It's told compassionately and without condescension. I might feel differently now that I'm 100! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James M. Madsen, M.D. | 12/20/2013

    " A very objective and yet humane investigation, by a gifted writer, of death and issues surrounding it. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pepsie | 11/30/2013

    " This was the best book that I could have read in order to understand (if you really can) the process of death in humans. It was written in a clear down to Earthmanner. I felt I was able to have better insight and anticipation of what lay ahead for my Mom and sister. Both of them were terminally ill and have since died. "

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