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The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid (Original 2021; 2021. Auflage)

von Lawrence Wright (Autor)

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Titel:The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid
Autoren:Lawrence Wright (Autor)
Info:Knopf (2021), 336 pages
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The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid von Lawrence Wright (2021)

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    The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History von John M. Barry (M_Clark)
    M_Clark: John Barry's book on the 1918 Spanish Flu inspired George W. Bush to create a task force looking at pandemic preparations. Surprisingly, Wright does not pay much attention to Barry's book and the influence it had referring instead to a different book on the Spanish Flu. The Barry book is a must read to provide perspective on how the covid pandemic was handled.… (mehr)
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A warts and all look at how the US handled toe Covid epidemic in 2020. No one leaves the pages of this book without some egg on his or her face. We could have done so much better. ( )
  etxgardener | Sep 30, 2021 |
Having lived through, and still living through the COVID-19 pandemic, I didn't expect to need much of a refresher on the origin and the spread of the virus across the U.S. and other nations. But Lawrence Wright proved me wrong, and his book "The Plague Year" reminded me of things about COVID-19 which I'd forgotten, and taught me a few things I didn't know about the virus.

In this second year of the pandemic, as the rate of infections and deaths begin to ebb, Wright reminds us of the early unknowns associated with the disease, the fears we dealt with, the lack of needed medical equipment, the uncertainty of treatment methods, and the lack of hospital beds early on. One part which he mentions and bears repeating is the unselfish heroism of the first line medical teams dealing with the initial surge of patients. Often lacking protective equipment during the initial phase of the pandemic, medical personnel continued to treat patients to the best of their ability, stayed at their posts to the point of exhaustion. And unfortunately, several thousand health care workers lost their lives during the process.

Wright praises those who did well, like so many health care workers, but doesn't hold back in his criticism of those individuals, agencies, leaders, and Countries whose lapses allowed the virus to spread as much as it did. That would include the Chinese, the President, and individuals who refused to follow the medical guidance. So be prepared for some political / ideological commentary by the author as well. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
A bit weak. Too much itty bitty information, without a cohesive story which pulls the thread together. I enjoyed Michael Lewis' book more. (Sorry) ( )
  jvgravy | Jul 13, 2021 |
It will be many years from now before we get a definitive history of the covid-19 pandemic. After all, the pandemic is not yet over by any means. Nevertheless, the summer of 2021 has seen the publication of a number of books from journalists telling the story of the pandemic. Each of these books provides inputs from different people involved in the pandemic which makes it useful to read more than one of the books being published now.

Lawrence Wright provides a whirlwind review of the events during the pandemic year including the perspectives of a diverse group of people involved. Although most of what he writes was already known from contemporary newspaper articles, his book is a useful survey of what happened. My main criticism is that the book did not provide enough depth on many topics. ( )
  M_Clark | Jun 28, 2021 |
This is vital and important work that covers a year in the fight against COVID-19. Having read _Looming Tower_ and _Going Clear_, both of which I enjoyed immensely, I have to say that this book did not seem to have the same level of all-encompassing coherence. Rather than having a clear focus like those other two books, this one seemed a bit like several interviews strung together. Perhaps Wright had to rush to get parts of it written and did not have the time to apply himself with the same degree of polish. It reads like a magazine article - after all, it is based on his _New Yorker_ reportage. Nevertheless, this is a riveting chronicle that shows us the many ways that the Trump administration failed in its effort to address the pandemic. Especially moving were the stories of some of the doctors and nurses who either gave their lives or their sanity (or both) to try to battle the disease. Wright should be commended for delivering another very troubling expose - showing us yet another aspect of a divided nation. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jun 23, 2021 |
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The figure that will haunt America is that the U.S. accounts for about 20 percent of all the Covid fatalities in the world despite only having 4 percent of the population.
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