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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 - Steven Johnson

The Ghost Map

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

Paperback Published: 2nd October 2007
ISBN: 9781594482694
Number Of Pages: 299
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

Industry Reviews

"The simultaneously macro and micro examination of a hugely pivotal moment, both in the understanding of disease and the growth of cities. Highly informative, deeply entertaining, meticulously assembled. Splendid." -- William Gibson "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 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"

ISBN: 9781594482694
ISBN-10: 1594482691
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 2nd October 2007
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3

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