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The Ghost Map

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Steven Johnson

Narrated By: Alan Sklar

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: October 2006

Duration: 8 hours 40 minutes


This thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London is a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.


  • Anonymous

    This was quite startling in a very informative way. To think that we had the ability back then to trace the epidemic right back to the original victim, was unthinkable to me. Also, books and novels always leave out the details about hygiene and toileting. I had no idea how bad it was. Even the Romans built an aquaduct to move waste out of the cities. These original "honey wagons" of London times, all on the layers of rag pickers, etc. was quite sad, and again, startling. My ignorance abounds!

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  • Ruhuhu

    A terrific detective story about a disease, two smart and curious men who probed the problem, and a sea change in our analysis of causation. A great book for anyone interested in those revolutions in scientific thinking.

  • shelleelorayne

    VERY INTERESTING BOOK!! Wow!! The end when the author was speculating on the future was a bit extreme and a tad overdone. But the story of the cholera outbreak in London, the way in which it changed medicine practices and the history involved was engaging and exciting (in a morbid kind of way!).

  • Anonymous

    The main part of the book was very well written and interesting. However, at the end the author "waxed eloquent" a bit too long, with such a consdescending tone that I got really sick of it, especially since it had very little to do with the epidemic or its solution.

  • Anonymous

    An interesting and in-depth review of the first scientific approach towards disease outbreaks in urban centers. Redundant and times and verbose throughout; this is still an interesting piece. I agree that an abridgment wouldn't hurt.

  • Anonymous

    Informative, but somewhat repetitious . . . Interesting historical picture of Victorian England. I believe an abridged edition would be every bit as interesting --

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