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Until Proven Safe : The gripping history of quarantine, from the Black Death to the post-Covid future

Until Proven Safe : The gripping history of quarantine, from the Black Death to the post-Covid future

Publisher : Pan Macmillan
SKU: 9781509867431
R 230,00
A riveting, thought-provoking and very timely account of the idea and the reality of quarantine around the world, examining not only the history but the implications of a system that our lives rely on.
'Manaugh and Twilley shed illuminating light on a phenomenon that seems utterly of the present moment.' Financial Times' Best Books of the Year 'Startlingly timely, authoritatively researched, and electrifyingly written.' Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity Quarantine has shaped our world, yet it remains both feared and misunderstood. It is our most powerful response to uncertainty, but it operates through an assumption of guilt: in quarantine, we are considered infectious until proven safe. An unusually poetic metaphor for moral and mythic ills, quarantine means waiting to see if something hidden inside of us will be revealed. Until Proven Safe tracks the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space - from the crumbling lazarettos of the Mediterranean to the hallways of the CDC, to the corporate giants hoping to disrupt the widespread quarantine imposed by Covid-19 before the next pandemic hits through surveillance and algorithmic prediction. Yet quarantine is more than just a medical tool: Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley drop deep into the Earth to tour a nuclear-waste isolation facility beneath the New Mexican desert, strip down to nothing but protective Tyvek suits to see plants stricken with a disease that threatens the world's wheat supply, and meet NASA's Planetary Protection Officer tasked with saving the Earth from extraterrestrial infections. The result is part travelogue, part intellectual history - a book as compelling as it is definitive, and one that could not be more urgent or timely.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781509867431
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Contributor By (author) Geoff Manaugh, By (author) Nicola Twilley
Publication Date 2022-03-17
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 416
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 197 X 130 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 296
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'Manaugh and Twilley shed illuminating light on a phenomenon that seems utterly of the present moment.' Financial Times' Best Books of the Year 'Startlingly timely, authoritatively researched, and electrifyingly written.' Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity Quarantine has shaped our world, yet it remains both feared and misunderstood. It is our most powerful response to uncertainty, but it operates through an assumption of guilt: in quarantine, we are considered infectious until proven safe. An unusually poetic metaphor for moral and mythic ills, quarantine means waiting to see if something hidden inside of us will be revealed. Until Proven Safe tracks the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space - from the crumbling lazarettos of the Mediterranean to the hallways of the CDC, to the corporate giants hoping to disrupt the widespread quarantine imposed by Covid-19 before the next pandemic hits through surveillance and algorithmic prediction. Yet quarantine is more than just a medical tool: Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley drop deep into the Earth to tour a nuclear-waste isolation facility beneath the New Mexican desert, strip down to nothing but protective Tyvek suits to see plants stricken with a disease that threatens the world's wheat supply, and meet NASA's Planetary Protection Officer tasked with saving the Earth from extraterrestrial infections. The result is part travelogue, part intellectual history - a book as compelling as it is definitive, and one that could not be more urgent or timely.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781509867431
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Contributor By (author) Geoff Manaugh, By (author) Nicola Twilley
Publication Date 2022-03-17
Language English
Format Paperback / softback
Pages 416
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 197 X 130 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 296
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