The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

by Michael Lewis
The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

by Michael Lewis


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For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about.

Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis’s taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A thirteen-year-old girl’s science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu…everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.

Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes for their refusal to follow directives that they know to be based on misinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as it is to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They never know for sure who else might be listening in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324035534
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 66,337
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, The Undoing Project, and The Fifth Risk. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his family.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1960

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, LA


Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Missing Americans xi

Part I

Prologue The Looking Glass 3

1 Dragon 10

2 The Making of a Public-Health Officer 23

3 The Pandemic Thinker 50

4 Stopping the Unstoppable 78

5 Clairvoyance 112

Part II

6 The Red Phone 135

7 The Redneck Epidemiologist 160

8 In Mann Gulch 186

9 The L6 209

Part III

10 The Bug in the System 241

11 Plastic Flowers 270

Epilogue The Sin of Omission 297

Acknowledgments 303

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