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The premonition : a pandemic story

Author: Michael Lewis
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2021] ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Political Science / American Government - National
Informational works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Lewis
ISBN: 9780393881554 0393881555
OCLC Number: 1235820893
Description: xv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : The missing Americans --
Part I. Prologue : The looking glass --
Dragon --
The making of a public-health officer --
The pandemic thinker --
Stopping the unstoppable --
Clairvoyance --
Part II. The red phone --
The redneck epidemiologist --
In Mann Gulch --
The L6 --
Part III. The bug in the system --
Plastic flowers --
Epilogue : The sin of omission.
Responsibility: Michael Lewis.

Abstract:

"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"--

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