The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller


For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about.

Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis’s taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A thirteen-year-old girl’s science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu…everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.

Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes for their refusal to follow directives that they know to be based on misinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as it is to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They never know for sure who else might be listening in.

GENRE
Politics & Current Events
RELEASED
2021
May 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
1.4
MB

Customer Reviews

FastEddy100 ,

A great read if A bit formulaic

I love Michael Lewis’s work. The trouble with that is you read enough and you start to see the template beneath the story. The template is to find the prescient one in a million persons who saw some unlikely event before it occurred and tell their story. The trouble is it only can be done in reverse after the fact. Beforehand there’s no way to tell the cranks from the prescient. Still it makes for a fun read.

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