The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B08VDBFJ4J
- Publisher : Penguin (June 8, 2021)
- Publication date : June 8, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1057 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 024153044X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #653,632 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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It is hard to believe Wright was able to put this book together so quickly, but 1.) he his a highly skilled author, who showed, in The Looming Tower, that he can follow a complex story to its conclusion and 2.) he had just published a novel, The End of October, a thriller that describes a world rocked by a pandemic, so he may have had a lot of the background research already completed.
The book's title is The Plague Year, not the Plague, so we get a lot about the impact of the disease, as well as the disease itself. We get a chapter on George Floyd's death and the BLM marches, for example. We see how effective Operation WarpSpeed was in developing very effective vaccines very quickly. Even as the Trump Administration devolved into magical thinking. Dr. Deborah Birx comes off better than I expected, but my low expectations of Peter Navarro were confirmed.
Overall, this is far superior as a portrait of America during CoVid than Michael Lewis' book, The Premonition, although in fairness to Lewis, I am not sure that was what he was really attempting. Highly recommended.
The Plague Year is more of an interesting survey of all these different aspects which tie back to Covid itself. Parts of the story really grabbed me as a reader and other aspects fell somewhat flat, but that is to be expected when the subject matter has this many strands. The narrative itself is tight and contained at 270 pages, but it feels more like the opening salvo in what is sure to be just one of the first words on the Covid 19 pandemic and the utter craziness of the last year.
It’s a solid read, but feels like more of a general “this is the year we lived through” rather than a large scale account of the pandemic.
If this book was written in 2 years time with much of the dust having settled on the pandemic, I think Lawrence Wright would have more genuinely insightful data and conclusions to talk about.
- you will learn nothing new. Like nothing.
- the chapter on the George Floyd protests is offensive AF and so insanely tone deaf the rest of the book is garbage to me. I’m having trouble finishing it I found it that offensive.
If you can get past those two things, knock yourself out. But we also just lived through this like JUST lived through it so not sure we need a recap.
However it was a detailed objective balanced account of the first year of the plague (it’s not over folks) interspersed with personal often heart-breaking stories of those so badly affected by piss-poor governmental decisions. Long read/listen but we’ll worth the price.
Top reviews from other countries
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.