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The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
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Feb 14, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011books, nonfiction
Read from February 14 to 22, 2011 — I own a copy

It is easy to forget that cholera is not a strictly historical issue when reading this book. It did make me very glad that I live in both a time and a place where I can have indoor plumbing, even if I do live in a house with only one bathroom.
The author was great at explaining the social roadblocks to a clean water supply in Victorian times - but I get the feeling that not much has changed in many cities even now, something that is touched on briefly in the epilogue.

ETA: Google Maps has a version that includes John Snow's map.

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