logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History - Molly Caldwell Crosby
The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History
by: (author)
3.56 45
In this account, a journalist traces the course of yellow fever, stopping in 1878 Memphis to "vividly [evoke] the Faulkner-meets-'Dawn of the Dead' horrors,"*-and moving on to today's strain of the killer virus. Over the course of history, yellow fever has paralyzed governments, halted commerce,... show more
In this account, a journalist traces the course of yellow fever, stopping in 1878 Memphis to "vividly [evoke] the Faulkner-meets-'Dawn of the Dead' horrors,"*-and moving on to today's strain of the killer virus. Over the course of history, yellow fever has paralyzed governments, halted commerce, quarantined cities, moved the U.S. capital, and altered the outcome of wars. During a single summer in Memphis alone, it cost more lives than the Chicago fire, the San Francisco earthquake, and the Johnstown flood combined. In 1900, the U.S. sent three doctors to Cuba to discover how yellow fever was spread. There, they launched one of history's most controversial human studies. Compelling and terrifying, The American Plague depicts the story of yellow fever and its reign in this country-and in Africa, where even today it strikes thousands every year. With "arresting tales of heroism,"** it is a story as much about the nature of human beings as it is about the nature of disease.
show less
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780425212028 (0425212025)
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
Pages no: 308
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Minor Characters
Minor Characters rated it
Fascinating topic, I really wanted to like this, as I love in-depth histories of illness, plagues, and the fight against them. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past Crosby's florid style. My own preference is for more straight-forward, less hyperbolic writing, and this irked me enough that I couldn't...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it
During a single summer in 1878, yellow fever killed more people in Memphis than the Chicago fire, the San Francisco earthquake, and the Johnstown flood combined. Memphis was turned into a city of corpses. Scientists, doctors, nuns--no one knew how to turn back the tide of disease. There was no kn...
Other editions (5)
Books by Molly Caldwell Crosby
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?