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The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our Historyby Molly Caldwell Crosby
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Slave ships brought it to America as far back as 1648 and over the centuries, yellow fever epidemics plagued the United States. Carried along the mighty Mississippi River, it ravaged towns from New Orleans to St. Louis. New York City lost 2,000 lives in one year alone. It even forced the nation's capital to relocate from Philadelphia to Washington, DC.
The American Plague reveals the true story of yellow fever, recounting Memphis, Tennessee's near-destruction and resurrection from the epidemic-and the four men who changed medical history with their battle against an invisible foe that remains a threat to this very day.
"In a summer of panic and death in 1878, more than half the population of Memphis, Tenn., fled the raging yellow fever epidemic, which finally waned when cooler weather set in. The disease had been transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which came in swarms on ships from the Caribbean or West Africa. This account has a narrower scope than James Dickerson's recent Yellow Fever, focusing on the Memphis tragedy, but journalist Crosby offers a forceful narrative of a disease's ravages and the quest to find its cause and cure. Crosby is particularly good at evoking the horrific conditions in Memphis, 'a city of corpses' and rife with illness characterized by high fever, black vomit and hemorrhaging, treated by primitive methods. Crosby also relates arresting tales of heroism, such as how two nuns returned to the quarantined city from a vacation to nurse the victims. The author profiles scientists, some of whom died in their fight to identify the cause of this deadly disease. She also describes more recent outbreaks in Africa: yellow fever is making a frightening comeback despite the existence of a vaccine. Photos. Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection. (Nov. 7)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Arriving in Memphis, Tennessee in 1978, Yellow Fever would take the lives of so many Memphians that it threatened the existence of the city itself. Aimed at a general audience, this is a narrative account of the Memphis's experience with the plague which weaves together the historical, scientific, and medical factors that guided the course of the plague and its aftermath.
Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
Arriving in Memphis, Tennessee in 1978, Yellow Fever would take the lives of so many Memphians that it threatened the existence of the city itself. Aimed at a general audience, this is a narrative account of the Memphis's experience with the plague which weaves together the historical, scientific, and medical factors that guided the course of the plague and its aftermath. Annotation Â©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"The American Plague" reveals the true story of yellow fever, recounting Memphis, Tennessee's near-destruction and resurrection from the epidemic--and the four men who changed medical history with their battle against an invisible foe that remains a threat to this very day.
Molly Caldwell Crosby, author of The American Plague and Asleep, once again brings forgotten history to vivid life in an absorbing account of crime and deduction in the early days of the twentieth century.and#160;.and#160;.and#160;.
In the summer of 1913, under the cover of Londonand#8217;s perpetual smoggy dusk, two brilliant minds are pitted against each otherand#151;a celebrated gentleman thief and a talented Scotland Yard detectiveand#151;in the greatest jewel heist of the new century. An exquisite strand of pale pink pearls, worth more than the Hope Diamond, has been bought by a Hatton Garden broker. Word of the and#147;Mona Lisa of Pearlsand#8221; spreads around the world, captivating jewelers as well as thieves. In transit to London from Paris, the necklace vanishes without a trace.
Joseph Grizzard, and#147;the King of Fences,and#8221; is the charming leader of a vast gang of thieves in Londonand#8217;s East End. Grizzard grew up on the streets of Whitechapel during the terror of Jack the Ripper to rise to the top of the criminal world. Wealthy, married, a father, Grizzard still cannot resist the sport of crime, and the pearl necklace proves an irresistible challenge.
Inspector Alfred Ward patrols the cityand#8217;s dark, befogged streets before joining the brand-new division of the Metropolitan Police known as and#147;detectives.and#8221; Ward earns his stripes catching some of the great murderers of Victorian London and, at the height of his career, is asked to turn his forensic talents to finding the missing pearls and the thief who stole them.
In the spirit of The Great Train Robbery and the tales of Sherlock Holmes, this is the true story of a psychological cat-and-mouse game set against the backdrop of Londonand#8217;s golden Edwardian era. Thoroughly researched, compellingly colorful, The Great Pearl Heist is a gripping narrative account of this little-known, yet extraordinary crime.
About the Author
Molly Caldwell Crosby is the national bestselling author of Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicineandrsquo;s Greatest Mysteries and The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History, which has been nominated for several awards. Crosby holds a master of arts degree in nonfiction and science writing from Johns Hopkins University and previously worked for National Geographic magazine. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, Health, and USA Today, among others.and#160;and#160;
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