An historical exposé of the mysterious doctor who changed the course of the 20th century, with interviews by George Clooney, Yogi Berra, and others.
Doctor Max Jacobson, whom the Secret Service under President John F. Kennedy code-named “Dr. Feelgood,” developed a unique “energy formula” that altered the paths of some of the 20th century’s most iconic figures, including President and Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis. JFK received his first injection (a special mix of “vitamins and hormones,” according to Jacobson) just before his first debate with Vice President Richard Nixon. The shot into JFK’s throat not only cured his laryngitis, but also diminished the pain in his back, allowed him to stand up straighter, and invigorated the tired candidate. Kennedy demolished Nixon in that first debate and turned a tide of skepticism about Kennedy into an audience that appreciated his energy and crispness. What JFK didn’t know then was that the injections were actually powerful doses of a combination of highly addictive liquid methamphetamine and steroids.
Author and researcher Rick Lertzman and New York Times best-selling author Bill Birnes reveal heretofore unpublished material about the mysterious Dr. Feelgood. Through well-researched prose and interviews with celebrities including George Clooney, Jerry Lewis, Yogi Berra, and Sid Caesar, the authors reveal Jacobson’s vast influence on events such as the assassination of JFK, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy-Khrushchev Vienna Summit, the murder of Marilyn Monroe, the filming of the C. B. DeMille classic The Ten Commandments, and the work of many of the great artists of that era. Jacobson destroyed the lives of several famous patients in the entertainment industry and accidentally killed his own wife, Nina, with an overdose of his formula.
It tells the true story of physician Dr. Max Jacobson who quietly changed history by injecting his specifically created “meth cocktails” that consisted of nearly 30 mg. of methamphetamine along with steroids, eel parts, human placenta, monkey gonads and sheep urine. Icons of the twentieth century including President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Alan Jay Lerner, President Nixon, Winston Churchill, Eddie Fisher and countless others. He changed the way they thought, acted and reacted.
The book has been praised worldwide and was critically acclaimed by many journalists including Lou Dobbs, Geraldo Rivera and many others. It was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award and received several other honors including the Golden Quill Award for Non-Fiction The eye-opening ,historical book has been quoted worldwide. It was serialized by the London Daily Mail and on the front page of the New York Post. It is available in six versions: hardcover, paperback, Audible Audio, Audio Book, Kindle and Nook.
The book has also been made into a television mini-series (documentary) produced by Asylum Films and shown on the REELZ Network in November 2015.