The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die

The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die

A riveting, incisive, and wide-ranging book about the Right to Die movement, and the doctors, patients, and activists at the heart of this increasingly urgent issue.



As much of the world's population grows older, the quest for a "good death," has become a significant issue. For many, the right to die often means the right to die with dignity. The Inevitable moves beyond margins of the law to the people who are meticulously planning their final hours--far from medical offices, legislative chambers, hospital ethics committees, and polite conversation--and the people who help them, loved ones or clandestine groups on the Internet known as the "euthanasia underground."

Katie Engelhart, a veteran journalist, focuses on six people representing different aspects of the debate. Two are doctors: a California physician who runs a boutique assisted death clinic and has written more lethal prescriptions than anyone else in the U.S.; an Australian named Philip Nitschke who lost his medical license for teaching people how to end their lives painlessly and peacefully at "DIY Death" workshops. The other four chapters belong to people who said they wanted to die because they were suffering unbearably--of old age, chronic illness, dementia, and mental anguish--and saw suicide as their only option. Spanning Australia, North America, and Europe, Engelhart presents a deeply reported portrait of everyday people struggling to make hard decisions, and wrestling back a measure of authenticity and dignity to their lives.

Title:The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250201461
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    The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die Reviews

  • Lou

    Ever since my law degree I have been interested in the topic of euthanasia, assisted suicide and assisted dying; these are often used interchangeably but are in actuality different. Under Section I Ar...

  • Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    Mostly just my strong feelings…(view spoiler)[ This is an issue near and dear to my heart from the time I was about 12 years old. I get angry when people won’t be helped to die if that’s what th...

  • Katrina Reads

    Thought-provoking and full of feeling.It makes you look inward at your own views and personal preferences, whilst trying to understand that of others, in various different positions and stages of life...

  • Jeannine

    Engelhart is an astute reporter and fantastic writer. She balances empathy with editorial distance, while writing about this incredibly difficult topic. The book examines position assisted death Throu...

  • Daria

    2.75/5. this was a tough read. not even the subject matter, just getting through it was soooooo long and i felt like it took me so long to read every chapter. i wanted to like it, and the subject itse...

  • Paul Nolan

    A difficult topic approached with sensitivity and balance. The personal stories contained in this book are authentic because they are so distinctly human: imperfect and conflicting. A valuable read fo...

  • Ren HappilyBuriedInBooks

    Katie Englehart writes passionately and compassionately in this wonderful book. She explores the mindsets of a variety of people on both sides of this issue, and of those on the fence. The stories are...

  • Becky Langston

    KatieEngelhart did an excellent job writing about such a touchy topic. She never showed us her opinion about if the right of dying is right or wrong. The people she wrote about had their reasons for c...

  • Michelle

    The Inevitable is an excellent book. Katie Engelhart did phenomenal reporting to put this book together; she captures all the messiness, contradictions, and nuance of the right-to-die movement. She al...

  • William T

    This is a good book and I recommend it, but it is not totally coherent. The writing is lucid, the stories relevant and the analysis on topic. The problem is that the subject matter is so big that draw...