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The Ghost Map : The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and Wow it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

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From the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and Farsighted, a National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year From Steven Johnson, the dynamic thinker routinely compared to James Gleick, Dava Sobel, and Malcolm Gladwell, The Ghost Map is a riveting page-turner about a real-life historical hero, Dr. John Snow. It's the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure -- garbage removal, clean water, sewers -- necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time. In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories and interconnectedness of the spread of disease, contagion theory, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 299 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 294.84g
  • Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1594482691
  • 9781594482694
  • 19,919

Table of contents

The Ghost MapPreface


Monday, August 28
The Night-Soil Men


Saturday, September 2
Eyes Sunk, Lips Dark Blue


Sunday, September 3
The Investigator


Monday, September 4
That Is To Say, Jo Has Not Yet Died


Tuesday. September 5
All Smell Is Disease


Wednesday, September 6
Building The Case


Friday, September 8
The Pump Handle


Conclusion
The Ghost Map


Epilogue
Broad Street Revisited


Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Notes on Further Reading
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Review quote

"Fascinating." --The New York Times Book Review "Thrilling." --GQ "Vivid." --The New Yorker "Thought-provoking." --Entertainment Weekly "By turns a medical thriller, detective story, and paean to city life, Johnson's account of the outbreak and its modern implications is a true page-turner." --The Washington Post

"Marvelous... as was Dava Sobel's Longitude. Yet The Ghost Map is a far more ambitious and compelling work... Mr. Johnson is never less than lively and beguiling." --The Wall Street Journal

"Steven Johnson tells the tale with verve, spicing his narrative with scenes of Dickensian squalor and the vibrant street life surrounding that squalor. But in Johnson's hands, The Ghost Map morphs into something more than mere history." --The San Diego Union-Tribune "Johnson adds a new and welcome element--old-fashioned storytelling flair... to his fractal, multifaceted method of unraveling the scientific mysteries of everyday life." --Los Angeles Times Book Review "Steven Johnson gives us history at its best: colorful, connected and compelling. At the core is a medical mystery, or what today would be called an epidemiological detective story... A masterpiece of historical writing." --The Seattle Times "This is more than a great detective story. It's the triumph of reason and evidence over superstition and theory, and Johnson tells it in loving detail." --Chicago Tribune
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About Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of eleven books, including Where Good Ideas Come From, Wonderland, and The Ghost Map. He's the host and co-creator of the Emmy-winning PBS/BBC series How We Got To Now, and the host of the podcast American Innovations. He lives in Brooklyn and Marin County, California with his wife and three sons.
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28,121 ratings
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4 39% (11,032)
3 23% (6,396)
2 5% (1,524)
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