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The Ghost Map: A Street, an Epidemic and the Two Men Who Battled to Save Victorian London

Steven Johnson

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ISBN 10: 0713999748 / ISBN 13: 9780713999747
Published by Allen Lane, London, UK, 2006
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First printing. Well bound in clean red cloth boards with white titling to spine. Corners very good with just some very light bumping at spine ends. Text pages, illustrations and eps are all very good with no markings or inscriptions. D/J is unclipped with just a little rubbing to top edge, but no tears or creases. Despatched same or next working day in protective packaging. Bookseller Inventory # 008070

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Title: The Ghost Map: A Street, an Epidemic and the...

Publisher: Allen Lane, London, UK

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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A thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London-and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world. From the dynamic thinker routinely compared to Malcolm Gladwell, E. O. Wilson, and James Gleick, The Ghost Map is a riveting page-turner with a real-life historical hero that brilliantly illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of viruses, rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry. These are topics that have long obsessed Steven Johnson, and The Ghost Map is a true triumph of the kind of multidisciplinary thinking for which he's become famous-a book that, like the work of Jared Diamond, presents both vivid history and a powerful and provocative explanation of what it means for the world we live in. The Ghost Map takes place in the summer of 1854. A devastating cholera outbreak seizes London just as it is emerging as a modern city: more than 2 million people packed into a ten-mile circumference, a hub of travel and commerce, teeming with people from all over the world, continually pushing the limits of infrastructure that's outdated as soon as it's updated. Dr. John Snow-whose ideas about contagion had been dismissed by the scientific community-is spurred to intense action when the people in his neighborhood begin dying. With enthralling suspense, Johnson chronicles Snow's day-by-day efforts, as he risks his own life to prove how the epidemic is being spread. When he creates the map that traces the pattern of outbreak back to its source, Dr. Snow didn't just solve the most pressing medical riddle of his time. He ultimately established a precedent for the way modern city-dwellers, city planners, physicians, and public officials think about the spread of disease and the development of the modern urban environment. The Ghost Map is an endlessly compelling and utterly gripping account of that London summer of 1854, from the microbial level to the macrourban-theory level-including, most important, the human level.

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Steven Johnson is the author of Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software,which was named as a finalist for the 2002 HelenBernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism andwas a New York Times Notable Book of 2001, as wellas a "best book of the year" in Discover, Esquire, theWashington Post, and the Village Voice. His other books include the national bestseller Everything Bad Is Good For You, The Invention of Air, and Where Good Ideas Come From. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall StreetJournal, the Nation, the New Yorker, Harper's, and the Guardian, and he has appeared on television programs including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He holds a B.A. in semioticsfrom Brown University and an M.A. in English fromColumbia. Steven lives in New York City with his wifeand two sons. Winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award, Alan Sklar has narrated over 150 audiobooks, including Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden, The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings by Thomas Maier, and The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award (twice), a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine. The Dartmouth graduate's theatre credits include Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Seagull, and many modern roles. Alan has also narrated thousands of corporate videos for clients such as NASA,Sikorsky Aircraft, IBM, Dannon, Pfizer, AT&T, and SONY. For several years, he has been the spokesman for TracFone Wireless Co. and can often be seen and heard on TracFone radio and TV spots and infomercials."I am so pleased, as is my husband, to have found a narrator that holds our attention so well that we have come to compare every other narrator to him (you). So far we have found none with such a talent as yours. We very much plan to listen to as many of your works as we can find." ---Sandi King, a letter to Mr. Sklar

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