The Barbary Plague
The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
By Marilyn Chase
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780375757082, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 9, 2004
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The veteran Wall Street Journal science reporter Marilyn Chase’s fascinating account of an outbreak of bubonic plague in late Victorian San Francisco is a real-life thriller that resonates in today’s headlines. The Barbary Plague transports us to the Gold Rush boomtown in 1900, at the end of the city’s Gilded Age. With a deep understanding of the effects on public health of politics, race, and geography, Chase shows how one city triumphed over perhaps the most frightening and deadly of all scourges.