The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Penguin, Oct 19, 2006 - Science - 320 pages
252 Reviews
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.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
55
4 stars
125
3 stars
68
2 stars
3
1 star
1

Easy to read, informative, thought-provoking. - Goodreads
Interesting depiction of just how filthy London was. - Goodreads
Johnson is a very interesting and far-ranging writer. - Goodreads
I would say it was very good historical writing. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

I wouldn't have picked this one up if not for the Bookish reading challenge (for the "epidemic task"...yes, we're crazy like that), and for the most part found it fascinating, especially the first ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

I love a multi-disciplinary exploration of a topic. In this book Johnson focuses on the cholera epidemic in London and looks at it through the lens of biology, epidemiology, urban studies, geography ... Read full review

Related books

Contents

Monday August 28
Saturday September 2
Sunday September 3
Monday September 4
Tuesday September 5
Wednesday September 6
Friday September 8
Conclusion
AUTHORS NOTE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES ON FURTHER READING
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Epilogue

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Steven Johnson is the author of seven bestsellers, including Future Perfect, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You, and is the editor of the anthology The Innovator’s Cookbook. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites—most recently, outside.in—and writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.

Bibliographic information