Jon Grand leads a discussion of The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, by best-selling nonfiction author Michael Lewis. This virtual program is free, but registration is required. Please email email@example.com to reserve your spot, as space is limited.
About the Book: The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A thirteen-year-old girl's science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm's-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu...everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.
Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes for their refusal to follow directives that they know to be based on misinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as it is to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They never know for sure who else might be listening in.
"I would read an 800-page history of the stapler if (Michael Lewis) wrote it." -- John Williams, New York Times Book Review
"An urgent, highly readable contribution to the literature of what might be called the politics of disease." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
New York Times Bestseller
An American Scientist Science Book of 2021
A Bloomberg Best Book of 2021
A Fortune Best Books of 2021
A Guardian Best Book of 2021
A Mother Jones Best Book of 2021
A Next Big Idea Club Best Nonfiction of 2021