The Ghost Map

The Ghost Map

by Steven Johnson
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The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

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and commerce, teeming with people from all over the world, continually pushing the limits of infrastructure that's outdated as soon as it's updated.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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594489259
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Steven Johnson is the author of the national bestsellers Everything Bad Is Good for You and Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software and Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate.

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The Ghost Map 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Self professed science and history nerd who also loves a good narrative. This book had all three. Great read, at times depressing as you learn of all the death. Then just as quickly its uplifting as you read of the triumph of science over darkness and superstition, and its own ignorance and arrogance.
Lathis More than 1 year ago
As usual, Steven Johnson has serious issues editing himself. When on topic, this writing is engaging and witty...when off topic, he is pompous and dull. Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson spends about 1/2 of all his books painfully off topic. Spend your money on "An American Plague" by Jim Murphy instead.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Good, accessible read with footnotes, helpful asides, poignant biographies of the protagonists, and in the end a great tie-in to the modern world and epidemiology.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Follows a cholera epidemic in London through a doctor and a minister. Interesting but at times I had to re-read parts to understand what he was explaining. I liked the research of the doctor and the minister to track down where the cholera started and to keep it from spreading or recurring. Also enjoyed how their theories changed as they delved more into the spread of the disease. I'm glad I did not live then.
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Perhaps I am spoiled by reading books of a simialr genre written by Erik Larsen but I found it difficult to stay interested in The Ghost Map. Although the information in this book was interesting, it was presented in a really frenetic way, jumoing from social implications, to medical advances, to moral obligation and back again. I found the poor transiton between the topics and eras to be distracting. Overall, I was disappointed because this book had a topic with potential for a great read but it just never got there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned so much from reading this book. However, the author got "stuck" in some areas and repeated and repeated the same info. At times, I wanted to close it up, never to return. But, I continued on. It was worth it, but it could have been 60 pages shorter.
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annie38HI More than 1 year ago
Very interesting history of cholera, diseases like it, and how medical science changed with the addition of public health concerns.
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why is this ebook more expensive than the paperback?
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