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The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History

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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;.
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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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
and#160;
INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

Synopsis:

"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.

Synopsis:

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;.
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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
and#160;
INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Molly Caldwell Crosby has previously worked for National Geographic magazine, and her writing has appeared in Newsweek, Health, and USA Today, among others.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425217757
Author:
Crosby, Molly Caldwe
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Author:
Crosby, Molly Caldwell
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Diseases - Contagious
Subject:
Epidemics
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Communicable diseases -- History.
Subject:
Epidemics -- History.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Subject:
Great britain
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
+16-pg photo insert
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.22x5.58x1.08 in. .81 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425217757 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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;.
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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
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.
and#160;
and#160;
INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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