One-Minute Book Reviews

May 21, 2008

Before Ted Kennedy’s Glioma, There Was Johnny Gunther’s

Filed under: Memoirs,News — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 1:38 pm
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Malignant brain tumors such as Sen. Ted Kennedy’s are uncommon enough that they have received less attention in books than many other types of cancer. One exception to the pattern is Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther’s eloquent memoir of the death of his 17-year-old son, Johnny, from a fatal glioma diagnosed when he was in high school American views of cancer have undergone a sea-change since the book was first published in 1949. But this modern classic remains one of the finest accounts we have of the physical and emotional toll that a malignant brain tumor takes on patients, even those who might seem to have all the advantages.

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. I read this important and beautifully crafted work in high school, and am so glad to see it mentioned here.

    Inspiring reading–definitely recommended for everyone!

    Comment by ggelliott — May 21, 2008 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  2. It really is inspiring. And a part of me wishes that people hadn’t started to think of it as a book for teenagers (which it wasn’t in its day), because it has so much to offer — both to individual readers and to book clubs. Maybe your comments will encourage some reading groups to select it …

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — May 21, 2008 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

  3. I definitely recommend it for book clubs!

    Comment by ggelliott — May 22, 2008 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

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