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The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid (Hardback)

By Wright, Lawrence

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'In the twenty-first century, infectious disease seemed like a nuisance, not like a mortal threat.' Just as Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower became the defining account of our century's first devastating event, 9/11, so The Plague Year will become the defining account of the s...econd. The story starts with the initial moments of Covid's appearance in Wuhan and ends with Joseph Biden's inauguration in an America ravaged by well over 400,000 deaths - a mortality already some ten times worse than US combat deaths in the entire Vietnam War. This is an anguished, furious memorial to a year in which all of America's great strengths - its scientific knowledge, its great civic and intellectual institutions, its spirit of voluntarism and community - were brought low not by a terrifying new illness alone, but by political incompetence and cynicism on a scale for which there has been no precedent. With insight, sympathy, clarity and rage, The Plague Year allows the reader to see the unfolding of this great tragedy, talking with individuals on the frontline, bringing together many moving and surprising stories and painting a devastating picture of a country literally and fatally misled.
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ISBN 9780241530443
Released NZ 24 Jun 2021
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241530443
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Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 24 Jun 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Wright, Lawrence
Category Social Impact Of Disasters
Illness & Addiction: Social Aspects
Political Science & Theory
Personal & Public Health
Infectious & Contagious Diseases
Science Funding & Policy
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 32mm
Dewey Code 362.196241400973
Weight 555g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress COVID-19 Disease - Social aspects - United States, COVID-19 Disease - Political aspects - United States, Public health - Political aspects - United States, United States - Politics and government - 2017
NBS Text Political Science & Theory
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly