My most recent book is Making Medicine: Surprising Stories from the History of Drug Discovery, published in 2022 by Rowman & Littlefield. Making Medicine details the unlikely origins of fifteen different medications, from the tale of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin to the lesser-known stories of nitrous oxide and sildenafil. I also cover the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry in Making Medicine, including the long road a company trots as it grooms a small molecule for use as a medication, as well as why we see so many pharmaceutical commercials when we catch up on our favorite television shows at night.
Prior to Making Medicine, I wrote Rare: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth, published in 2015 by Prometheus Books.
Praise for Rare: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth
“Rare is a clear and entertaining account of the fascinating properties of rare earths, their importance to the world, and the unique roles only they can play in many high-tech devices.” —Theodore Gray, author of The Elements: A Visual Exploration and Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything
“Veronese presents an informative and entertaining…overview of the metallurgy and politics of rare metals.”
Prior to Rare, I wrote Plugged In! Comics Professionals Working in the Video Game Industry during 2010 and 2011 for TwoMorrows Publishing. The book takes a look at two pastimes I love, comic books and video games, and analyzes how the two industries joined forces beginning in the 1980s.
Plugged In features interviews with comic book legends Gerry Conway (Amazing Spider-Man), Roy Thomas (Conan, Star Wars) and Superman scribe Elliot S! Maggin talking candidly about the early days of Atari, as well as Jimmy Palmiotti (Ash, Jonah Hex), Chris Bachalo (Death: the High Cost of Living, Uncanny X-Men), Mike Deodato (Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-Man), and Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force) giving firsthand accounts of working on current generation video game hits like Dead Space, Prototype, Army of Two: 40th Day, Bulletstorm, and DC Universe Online.