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The Ghost Map

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

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Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 320 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 1594482691 | Isbn-13: 9781594482694 | Publish date:  | Edition Reprint

Also available as: Audio CD , Others

Category: History , Medicine , Non-fiction

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Book Description
A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year

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 of the spread of disease, 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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    Interessante analisi sociologica della Londra dell'800, anche la lezione di biologia serve per inquadrare ottimamente il contesto. Penso però che la vicenda sia tirata un pò troppo per le lunghe, e poteva essere descritta altrettanto efficacemente in molte meno pagine. D'altronde, se non si allun ...continue

    Interessante analisi sociologica della Londra dell'800, anche la lezione di biologia serve per inquadrare ottimamente il contesto. Penso però che la vicenda sia tirata un pò troppo per le lunghe, e poteva essere descritta altrettanto efficacemente in molte meno pagine. D'altronde, se non si allungava il brodo, come si faceva a farne un libro?

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    50-75 pages too long

    Ghost Map would have been a decent "whodunnit" if left to a tightly written story around the context (which he does a decent job of), facts (symptoms), investigation, confrontation (Snow vs Whitehead vs Government), and resolution. However, Johnson felt the need to pad the book with a conclusion ...continue

    Ghost Map would have been a decent "whodunnit" if left to a tightly written story around the context (which he does a decent job of), facts (symptoms), investigation, confrontation (Snow vs Whitehead vs Government), and resolution. However, Johnson felt the need to pad the book with a conclusion starring an inane monologue on city planning - or something, it was grim reading and when he felt the need to define "URL", I was ready to call it a day.

    The Washington Post called Ghost Map "a true page turner". For all I know, that reviewer may just have wanted to get to the end. I found the subject to be of interest, but the execution to be lacking. Ghost Map contained snippets of good reading surrounded by seas of doldrums.

    I abandoned Ghost Map 30 pages before the end (yes, the conclusion and epilogues were really that bad), and I still felt I'd read 30 pages too many. Had this been tightened up a lot by good editors, I would recommend Ghost Map. It wasn't, so I can't.

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