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May 4, 2021
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For those who could read between the lines, the censored newsout of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there wasnothing to worry about.Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately,there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing tolook unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis’s tautand brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medicalvisionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the officialresponse of the Trump administration to the outbreak ofCOVID-19.The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinatingas they are unexpected. A thirteen-year-old girl’s science projecton transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a verygrown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officeruses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and revealsgreat truths about American society. A secret team of dissentingdoctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary tofight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, priorexperience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swineflu…everything, that is, except official permission to implementtheir work.Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes fortheir refusal to follow directives that they know to be based onmisinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as itis to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They neverknow for sure who else might be listening in.