in conversation with Geraldine Brooks
discussing his new book,
“The Premonition: A Pandemic Story”
$39 includes a copy of the book* (US orders only)
$59 includes a copy of he book* (International Orders)
* includes signed book plate. Books ship week of May 24.
From Michael Lewis, a ‘Superhero Story’ About the Pandemic
The author of “The Big Short” and “Moneyball” takes on a frightening subject in his new book “The Premonition”: how to prevent a viral outbreak even worse than Covid-19.
(book announcement in the New York Times)
Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis’s taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19.
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.