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

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
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Sep 07, 10

bookshelves: europe, non-fiction, the-daily-show
Read from August 20 to September 06, 2010

Thank you, Johnson, for being brief. I love these non-fiction history lessons but sometimes the author dives a little too deep for the casual reader. Not to say this book's dumb, quite the opposite. I belive Mr. Johnson is aware of his audience's capacity for this type of book and has calibrated it very well.

When you've done as much reading about the plague as some of us, cholera may have you saying "so what?" Cholera is a far scarier disease that's still around. And a painful, protracted death to boot.

I am fascinated by depictions of life before antibiotics, probably because I wouldn't have survived infancy without them.

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