The Organ Thieves

The Organ Thieves The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

Hardback (18 Aug 2020)

Save $3.57

  • $29.05
  • $25.48
Add to basket

Includes delivery to USA

10+ copies available online - Usually dispatched within 48 hours


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks meets Get Out in this landmark investigation of racial inequality at the core of the heart transplant race.

In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a black man, went into Virginia's top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart taken out of his body and put into the chest of a white businessman. Now, in The Organ Thieves, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding Tucker's death and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family's permission or knowledge. The circumstances surrounding his death reflect the long legacy of mistreating African Americans that began more than a century before with cadaver harvesting and worse. It culminated in efforts to win the heart transplant race in the late 1960s.

Featuring years of research and fresh reporting, The Organ Thieves is a story that resonates now more than ever, when issues of race and healthcare are the stuff of headlines and horror stories.

Book information

ISBN: 9781982107529
Publisher: Gallery/Jeter Publishing
Imprint: Gallery/Jeter Publishing
Pub date:
DEWEY: 617.4120592
Language: English
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 522g
Height: 231mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 36mm