About the Book

About the Book

The hardcover edition published by Samizdat Health Writer’s Cooperative June 1, 2022, can be ordered here. The Paperback version can be ordered here, the Kindle version here, and the audiobook here (also available on Audible.com. It is also available at Barnes & Noble and most book stores can order it, at least in the United States. You can also order signed copies here.

Praise for The Zyprexa Papers

You don’t have to be an activist to appreciate this book. But you do have to be someone who cares about your fellow humans who might be harmed at the altar of corporate greed. If you fall into that category, then you’ll want to read this book.

The Zyprexa Papers, by David Antonuccio, PhD, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 22, Number 2, 2020, April 2021.

Many people coming to this book might figure that the Bigley saga plays second fiddle to what is after all called The Zyprexa Papers. A switch from the dizzying heights of New York courtroom drama to an Alaskan backwater. But Bill Bigley’s case is the beating heart of this book. The Zyprexa papers are the bait for Gottstein’s masterly portrayal of how the system treated Bill and will treat you and anyone you know who comes into contact with it.

The Zyprexa papers, by David Healy Psychosis, DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2020.1766547 (2020)

The Zyprexa Papers” is a deep dive into the Bizarro World of psychiatry, Big Pharma, and the judicial system. As Jim writes, “To me, it is crystal clear locking people up and drugging them against their will is not ‘for their own good’ but instead very harmful to them. One of my goals in writing this book is to show this truth.” Mission accomplished.

Heroes and Villains Populate the Pages of “The Zyprexa Papers”, by Susan Rogers, Key Update, May 18, 2020.

The Zyprexa Papers. Sounds like a thriller starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts. It’s not. It’s the riveting account of Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein’s encounter with the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, a battle centered around Eli Lilly’s wanton misuse of the drug Zyprexa.

The Zyprexa Papers by Jim Gottstein
Eric Maisel

The Zyprexa Papers is a book that should be read by anyone who cares about freedom and human decency. Gottstein lifts the veil of secrecy that shrouds far too much of Big Pharma’s malign impact on human rights and human health.

Big Pharma: drugging involuntary psychiatric patients, by Tom Sandborn, DooneysCafe.com, July 2, 2002.

Gottstein waited 7 years to finish this book. It takes a certain amount of time and distance to write a book as good as this.

The Zyprexa Papers review by Dr. David Healy, on Samizdat Health Writer’s Cooperative.

“I strongly recommend without any reservations the new book by Jim Gottstein.  . . .  His book The Zyprexa Papers describes the power and influence of Big Pharma through Jim’s personal story of challenging the road blocks within the legal system and it’s powerful alliance with Psychiatry. 

Ron Bassman, Mindfreedom International
The Zyprexa Papers by Jim Gottstein Now Available!

Jim Gottstein’s blockbuster new book, The Zyprexa Papers, is essential reading. It should be required reading for every well-meaning friend or family member of someone who suffers emotionally, as well as for legislators who genuinely want to weed out corruption and harm.

Review on Mad in America:
Big Pharma Meets Big Diagnosis, Big Courts, and Big Psychiatric Hospitals
by Paula J. Caplan, PhD

The Zyprexa Papers boldly blows the whistle on Eli Lily and their horrible corruption which has led to enormous suffering and death. Jim Gottstein is a brilliant, witty champion for justice in mental health.

David W. Oaks, Revolutionary Consultant Aciu! Institute, LLC, www.davidwoaks.com




Samizdat to Publish Hardcover Edition of Acclaimed Book, The Zyprexa Papers, January 21, 2021.

Source material for most of the book can be found here.

First Paragraph

“It was just a normal day before Dr. David Egilman called me out of the blue on November 28, 2006. The days are short that time of year in Anchorage, Alaska, and it was getting dark by mid-afternoon. Dr. Egilman told me he had been hired as an expert witness by one of the law firms representing patients who had taken Zyprexa and contracted diabetes or other metabolic problems. He wanted to know about documents relating to Zyprexa I might have. In truth, he was feeling me out to see whether I might be willing to subpoena him, so he could legally send me secret documents. These documents revealed the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly (Lilly) had from the beginning suppressed information showing Zyprexa caused these life-threatening conditions. In addition, they showed Lilly had illegally marketed this powerful and dangerous drug for use in children and the elderly. He wanted me to then send them to Alex Berenson, a reporter for The New York Times with whom he was already working on a Zyprexa exposé.”

The Zyprexa Papers, by Jim Gottstein, Samizdat Health Writer’s Cooperative


On December 17, 2006, The New York Times began a series of front-page stories about documents obtained from Alaska lawyer Jim Gottstein, showing Eli Lilly had concealed that its top-selling drug caused diabetes and other life-shortening metabolic problems. The “Zyprexa Papers,” as they came to be known, also showed Eli Lilly was illegally promoting the use of Zyprexa on children and the elderly, with particularly lethal effects. Although Mr. Gottstein believes he obtained the Zyprexa Papers legally, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn decided he had conspired to steal the documents, and Eli Lilly threatened Mr. Gottstein with criminal contempt charges. In The Zyprexa Papers, Mr. Gottstein gives a riveting first-hand account of what really happened, including new details about how a small group of psychiatric survivors spread the Zyprexa Papers on the Internet untraceably. All of this within a gripping, plain-language explanation of complex legal maneuvering and his battles on behalf of Bill Bigley, the psychiatric patient whose ordeal made possible the exposure of the Zyprexa Papers.

4 thoughts on “About the Book

  1. The first time I tried suicide I took all of it that I had. It helps you sleep but because of the side affects and health problems it causes my doctor took me off of it.


  2. My name is Anthony, my wife and I both were forced medicated: lost in the state of VA, brand new car had broke down. Needful to say we were both separated and taken to different hospitals, diagnosed as mentally ill, over five years later the both of us are still recovering from harm done, we both have been exposed to zyprexa, wife tried killing herself and myself, i did not care. Intend to look for this book, many people think we are crazy to even think that meds are a problem. Many antipsychotics, us both, the doctors blame the patients for suicide attempts: I disagree strongly, having observed for so long, thank you for risking your life to sound the alarm.


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