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He Wanted the Moon - The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him-logo

He Wanted the Moon - The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him

Mimi Baird

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Soon to be a major motion picture, from Brad Pitt and Tony Kushner A Washington Post Best Book of 2015 A mid-century doctor's raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter's attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own. Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself. By the time the results of his groundbreaking experiments were published, Dr. Baird had been institutionalized multiple times, his medical license revoked, and his wife and daughters estranged. He later received a lobotomy and died from a consequent seizure, his research incomplete, his achievements unrecognized. Mimi Baird grew up never fully knowing this story, as her family went silent about the father who had been absent for most of her childhood. Decades later, a string of extraordinary coincidences led to the recovery of a manuscript which Dr. Baird had worked on throughout his brutal institutionalization, confinement, and escape. This remarkable document, reflecting periods of both manic exhilaration and clear-headed health, presents a startling portrait of a man who was a uniquely astute observer of his own condition, struggling with a disease for which there was no cure, racing against time to unlock the key to treatment before his illness became impossible to manage. Fifty years after being told her father would forever be "ill" and "away," Mimi Baird set off on a quest to piece together the memoir and the man. In time her fingers became stained with the lead of the pencil he had used to write his manuscript, as she devoted herself to understanding who he was, why he disappeared, and what legacy she had inherited. The result of his extraordinary record and her journey to bring his name to light is He Wanted the Moon, an unforgettable testament to the reaches of the mind

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eve Claxton, Jane Alexander, Paul Boehmer, John Bedford Lloyd

Length:

6h 37m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:16


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:35


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:25


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

00:36