Swimming in a Sea of Death

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Swimming in a Sea of Death

A Son's Memoir

By David Rieff

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9780743299466, 192pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

Both a memoir and an investigation, Rieffs tribute to his mother--writer Susan Sontag--explores her final battle with cancer and looks at the state of medical science and leading cancer physicians who combine treating patients with pursuing the cutting edge of research.

About the Author

David Rieff

David Rieff is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of seven previous books, including the acclaimed At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention; A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis; and Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West. He lives in New York City.