The Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig Review – Sex, Drugs, and Population Control

March 19, 2015

(The Guardian) – “In its effects I believe that the pill ranks in importance with the discovery of fire,” wrote the British-American anthropologist Ashley Montagu in 1969, excited that the invention was already upturning “age-old beliefs, practices and institutions”. The bestower of this Promethean gift, and the hero of Jonathan Eig’s book, was an unlikely figure: Gregory Pincus, “a scientist with a genius IQ and a dubious reputation”.