The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History - Molly Caldwell Crosby

Title: The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History

Author: Molly Caldwell Crosby

Publish Date: September 7, 2007

Publisher: Berkley Books

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 368 pages

Source: Library

Date Read: April 25-27, 2020

 

Review

 

This story is a detailed look at yellow fever in the United States and a few colonial places that fell under the US. While not as exhaustive as Pox, it does go into the social, medical, economical, military, and political underpinnings of these epidemics and the search for a cause and a cure. The narrative mostly takes place in Memphis (the author's hometown) and Cuba (where the research was conducted). The writing could be overdone and a little lurid; it is the author's debut book and is about a little known (now) but still going on disease, so I gave her a break on that.