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Books & Media

A selection of Susan's books, writing, and media appearnances.

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JFK's Secret Doctor

The Remarkable Life of Medical Pioneer and Legendary Rock Climber Hans Kraus

Set against the grand panorama of twentieth-century world events, it captures the remarkable life and spirit of climbing and medical visionary Hans Kraus (1905-1966). Kraus was taught English by James Joyce, escaped Nazi dominated Europe, and was JFK’s secret back specialist. A legendary rock climber known for hair-raising ascents on two continents, Kraus lived a life filled with tragedy and triumph, intense passion, verve, and a whole lot of guts, glory, and wit.

Interview - Colorado & Company

Discussing the legendary Hans Kraus, on the Emmy Award winning talk show, Colorado & Company. 


Susan E.B. Schwartz with her daughter Grace, then 6, taken on her first time climbing in the Shawangunks, New York. Read her 4th blog Climbing Pairs. Photo by Martin Joffe

8 Confessions of a Climbing Mom

Climbing Magazine


"This is one analogy that might surprise you: As I see it, motherhood is a lot like rock climbing. Nothing truly prepares you for either. All the expert explanations, advice from well-meaning friends, instructional videos and manuals -- nothing does motherhood or climbing justice . . .


In the end, climbing and motherhood come down to one thing:

until you’re there yourself, perched precariously, staring wide-eyed and terrified around you, you have absolutely no idea what it’s like."

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