Excerpts from Fauci—Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward. The National Geographic book was drawn from interviews for the documentary film Fauci; proceeds from the book benefit conservation.
That moment when I saw my mother reading the New York Daily News with the big picture on the front page of the devastation in Hiroshima was a memorable moment for me. I had played war games as a child, where the good guys were the GIs and the bad guys were the Japanese, and when I saw the destruction in Japan, I thought, Wow, hey, that’s great.
But I saw in my mother something that puzzled me at first ... Many decades later I still remember that scene in the living room in our apartment in Brooklyn. I can picture my mother sitting on the couch looking at the paper and me looking over her knee. She was really sad.