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

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Bestselling author Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of cholera in 19th-century London, the rise of cities, and the nature ... Show synopsis

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

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Snook

Fansinating

by Snook on Apr 21, 2011

Great book. Reads almost like a mystery. I really enjoyed the intellectual discussion and questions the author puts forth about society and big cities. More

greebs

A grim, gripping tale of a real life outbreak

by greebs on Jan 27, 2009

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson is a book that I was eager to buy, as it sounded like a fascinating view of the last great cholera outbreak in London. According to the subtitle, this book is an account of ?London?s Most Terrifying Epidemic ? and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World.? ... More

1rebecca

The Best Writer I've Read in Years!!

by 1rebecca on Apr 24, 2008

It takes a great writer to make a bacterium's point of view relevant. Steven Johnson does just that. His ability to bring logical outcomes to what seems chaos to the uninformed--me--in an entertaining way is the best I've read. He should be hired to re-write America's textbooks immediately! More

Velma

London Cholera

by Velma on Sep 26, 2007

This is a very interesting look at Victorian England and the work of Dr. Snow on the true nature of cholera epidemics. Mr. Johnson writes with clarity and candidness about both subjects. I only rate the book as good because I believe that the work would have been better without the philosophizing about ... More

misterpickle93

Fascinating history and science

by misterpickle93 on Aug 30, 2007

An engrossing account of London's 1854 cholera outbreak , and the dogged work of Dr. John Snow to discover it's cause as a bacterium rather than "miasma." Mr. Johnson writes vividly about Victorian times, then builds on his ideas about cities, science and human creativity to draw conclusions that are ... More

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