Editor of FORTUNE Magazine, Cancer Advocate, Brooklynite. Author
Clifton Leaf is Editor in Chief at FORTUNE, where he directs the editorial content and brand strategy across all of FORTUNE’s platforms. Previously, he served as deputy editor at the magazine, and before that was a guest editor for The New York Times op-ed page and Sunday Review.
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This is the ninth Note on cancer we’ve done so far. I picked this book up after Travis Christofferson referenced it a couple times in Tripping over the Truth. Clifton Leaf is a great writer and the Editor-in-Chief of Fortune magazine. He tells us that nine years before he wrote this book he began his reporting on cancer with a five-word question: How did we get here Specifically, Leaf wanted to know: How did we get to a point, 40+ years after Nixon declared War on Cancer, where the real death rate is, essentially, the same as it was in the 1950s? That’s a great question. And, he provides a powerful look at what’s gone wrong and how to fix it. Big Ideas we explore include the power of taking a different route to the summit, the truth (but only in small doses), dogma vs. science, the power of prevention, and the power of counting—aka, the truth in large doses.