The Ghost Map
The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
Publication Date: December 2006
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A thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London-and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world. The Ghost Map is an endlessly compelling and utterly gripping account of that London summer of 1854, from the microbial level to the macrourban-theory level-including, most important, the human level.
Steven Johnson is the author of Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software,which was named as a finalist for the 2002 HelenBernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism andwas a New York Times Notable Book of 2001, as wellas a "best book of the year" in Discover, Esquire, theWashington Post, and the Village Voice. His other books include the national bestseller Everything Bad Is Good For You, The Invention of Air, and Where Good Ideas Come From. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall StreetJournal, the Nation, the New Yorker, Harper's, and the Guardian, and he has appeared on television programs including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He holds a B.A. in semioticsfrom Brown University and an M.A. in English fromColumbia. Steven lives in New York City with his wifeand two sons. Winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award, Alan Sklar has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks, including Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden, The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings by Thomas Maier, and The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award (twice), a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine. The Dartmouth graduate's theatre credits include Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Seagull, and many modern roles. Alan has also narrated thousands of corporate videos for clients such as NASA,Sikorsky Aircraft, IBM, Dannon, Pfizer, AT&T, and SONY. For several years, he has been the spokesman for TracFone Wireless Co. and can often be seen and heard on TracFone radio and TV spots and infomercials."I am so pleased, as is my husband, to have found a narrator that holds our attention so well that we have come to compare every other narrator to him (you). So far we have found none with such a talent as yours. We very much plan to listen to as many of your works as we can find." -Sandi King, a letter to Mr. Sklar
"Compelling...an illuminating and satisfying read." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review