About the Book
An autobiographical account of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, as told by James D. Watson. By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James D. Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won the Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries. With humility unspoiled by false modesty, Watson relates his and Crick's desperate efforts to beat Linus Pauling to the Holy Grail of life sciences, the identification of the basic building block of life.