Lawrence Ingrassia

Lawrence Ingrassia

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Lawrence Ingrassia is an award-winning journalist. His latest book, A Fatal Inheritance, was selected as an Amazon Editors' Pick in both the Best Nonfiction and Best Biographies & Memoirs book categories for May 2024. Part memoir, part medical detective story, A Fatal Inheritance chronicles the story of his family, and families like his, puzzling over the many seemingly unrelated cancers afflicting them with the tale of the dedicated doctors - pioneers in cancer genetics - who starting in the late 1960s spent decades searching for an answer, at a time when cancer was a bit of a black box. They eventually solved the mystery by tracking down the culprit to a very rare inherited mutation in a gene, p53, that was unknown when their work began but has since become the most studied gene in the human body. This breakthrough discovery of the cause of what's now known as Li-Fraumeni Syndrome greatly expanded the understanding and treatment of not only hereditary cancers but of cancer in general. His first book, Billion Dollar Brand Club, was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as an Editor's Choice on March 1, 2020. It tells the story of an unlikely band of Davids - Dollar Shave Club and Harry's, Casper and Tuft & Needle, Warby Parker and Hubble, ThirdLove and eSalon, and countless others - that have taken on corporate Goliaths, and succeeded against the odds. It examines the many ways technology has leveled the playing field, in marketing, manufacturing and distribution, and enabled these upstarts to challenge long-dominant companies. Before becoming an author, Ingrassia worked as a senior editor at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. In his decades-long newspaper career, journalists working for him won five Pulitzer Prizes - for national reporting, explanatory reporting, international reporting and commentary - as well as Polk, Loeb and other awards. He was honored with the Minard editor award by the Gerald Loeb Awards for directing coverage of causes of the financial market meltdown in the fall of 2008; that coverage was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in the public service category. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him its distinguished achievement award in 2017. His lives with his wife in Gig Harbor, WA. Visit him online at www dot larryingrassia dot com, and follow him on Twitter at @IngrassiaLA.
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