Came across this one today in the science section of Prairie Lights Books. It’s pretty good, especially if you’re into death. (I also like how the cover quotes the death of Yorick from Tristram Shandy and also the cover of Palace’s Lost Blues and Other Songs.)
“In The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, John Gray takes a brilliant and frightening look at humankind’s dangerous striving towards a scientific version of immortality, raising fascinating questions about how such beliefs and practices threaten the very nature of what it means to be human. He looks to philosophers, journalists, politicians, charlatans, and mass murderers who all felt driven by a specifically scientific and modern worldview and whose revolt against death resulted in a series of experiments that ravaged whole country.
“An urgent examination of Darwin’s post-religious legacy, The Immortalization Commission, is an important work from ‘one of Britain’s leading public intellectuals’ (WSJ).”