The Ghost Map
Score: 4
From 86 Ratings

The Ghost Map


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006-10-19
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1101158530


The Ghost Map Book Description :

A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year From Steven Johnson, the dynamic thinker routinely compared to James Gleick, Dava Sobel, and Malcolm Gladwell, The Ghost Map is a riveting page-turner about a real-life historical hero, Dr. John Snow. It's the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure -- garbage removal, clean water, sewers -- necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressin...

The Ghost Map
Score: 4
From 84 Ratings

The Ghost Map


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2008-01-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141915777


The Ghost Map Book Description :

In Ghost Map Steven Johnson tells the story of the terrifying cholera epidemic that engulfed London in 1854, and the two unlikely heroes – anaesthetist Doctor John Snow and affable clergyman Reverend Henry Whitehead – who defeated the disease through a combination of local knowledge, scientific research and map-making. In telling their extraordinary story, Johnson also explores a whole world of ideas and connections, from urban terror to microbes, ecosystems to the Great Stink, cultural phenomena to street life. Re-creating a London full of dirt, dust heaps, slaughterhouses and scavengers, Ghost Map is about how huge populations live together, how cities can kill – and how they can save us....

The Ghost Map
Score: 4
From 84 Ratings

The Ghost Map


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2008-01-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141029368


The Ghost Map Book Description :

Tells the story of the cholera epidemic in London in 1854 and the two men John Snow (anaesthetist) and Henry Whitehead (clergyman) who defeated the disease through a combination of local knowledge, scientific research and map-making....

The Ghost Map
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Ghost Map


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Cholera
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0713999748


The Ghost Map Book Description :

Steven Johnson takes the reader day by day through the cholera epidemic of 1854 - which would consume 50,000 lives in England and Wales - and recreates a London full of dust heaps, furnaces and slaughterhouses....

Enemy of All Mankind
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Enemy of All Mankind


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-05-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735211629


Enemy of All Mankind Book Description :

"Thoroughly engrossing. . . .a spirited, suspenseful, economically told tale whose significance is manifest and whose pace never flags." —Wall Street Journal The New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Map and How We Got to Now returns with the story of a pirate who changed the world Henry Every was the seventeenth century’s most notorious pirate. The press published wildly popular—and wildly inaccurate—reports of his nefarious adventures. The British government offered enormous bounties for his capture, alive or (preferably) dead. But Steven Johnson argues that Every’s most lasting legacy was his inadvertent triggering of a major shift in the global economy. Enemy of All Mankind focuses on one key event—the attack on an Indian treasur...

The Medical Detective

The Medical Detective


  • Author : Sandra Hempel
  • Publisher : Granta Books
  • Release Date : 2014-03-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783780624


The Medical Detective Book Description :

In 1831, an unknown, horrifying and deadly disease from Asia swept across Continental Europe, killing millions in its path and throwing the medical profession into confusion. Cholera is a killer with little respect for class or wealth. When it arrived in Britain, its repercussions rocked Victorian England - from the filthy lanes of the Sunderland quayside and the squalid streets of Soho, to the great centres of power: the Privy Council, Whitehall and the Royal Medical Colleges. One man - alone and unrecognized - uncovered the truth behind the pandemic and laid the foundations for the modern scientific investigation of today's fatal plagues. John Snow was a reclusive doctor, without money or social position, who had the genius to look beyond the conve...

The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump


  • Author : Sandra Hempel
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0520250494


The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump Book Description :

"Meticulously researched and with a sophisticated approach to history, this is also an exciting and compelling story. After reading it, I dreamt about being lost and scared at night in the filthy lanes of Victorian London."--Andrew Cunningham, Senior Research Fellow in History of Medicine, University of Cambridge "This book is one of those rare gems that thrills like fiction but is based on fact. It tells of the clear thought and quiet endeavour of a man who, without seeking honour or fame, persisted in overcoming prejudice and separating fact from fancy. john Snow discovered the way in which epidemic cholera was caught and nearly always killed us. By doing so he not only told the world how to prevent it, he laid the basis for the the prevention of a...

Disease Maps
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Disease Maps


  • Author : Tom Koch
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2011-06-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226449357


Disease Maps Book Description :

The chapters in this book cover yellow fever, diseases in cities, John Snow's cholera, mapping symptoms, 'Asiatic Cholera', cancer as cholera, and much, much more....

The Invention of Air
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

The Invention of Air


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-12-26
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440685316


The Invention of Air Book Description :

From the bestselling author of How We Got To Now, The Ghost Map and Farsighted, a new national bestseller: the “exhilarating”( Los Angeles Times) story of Joseph Priestley, “a founding father long forgotten”(Newsweek) and a brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers. In The Invention of Air, national bestselling author Steven Johnson tells the fascinating story of Joseph Priestley—scientist and theologian, protégé of Benjamin Franklin, friend of Thomas Jefferson—an eighteenth-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the discovery of oxygen, the uses of oxygen, scientific experimentation, the founding of the Unitarian Ch...

Future Perfect
Score: 3.5
From 18 Ratings

Future Perfect


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-09-18
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101596975


Future Perfect Book Description :

Look out for Johnson’s new book, Wonderland, now on sale. Combining the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good For You, New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview -- influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, by peer networks, but not dependent on high-tech solutions -- that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative, public vs. private thinking. With his acclaimed gift for mul...