The Premonition: A Pandemic Story (Paperback)

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"Michael Lewis - author of Moneyball, The Big Short, Liar’s Poker, among others - has long demonstrated a knack for finding the humanity in humongous, abstract stories. Here he tackles the pandemic, more specifically how the government arrived at its response. You’ll be mistaken if you think this is an anti-Trump book, as the seeds for this tale were planted during the Ford Administration. A spellbinding saga, The Premonition is a book everyone in America should read. Along the way, prepare to fall in love with one of the heroes, Dr. Chastity Dean."--Reviewed by Stephen

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New York Times Bestseller



For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about.


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.



About the Author


Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, The Undoing Project, and The Fifth Risk. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781324035534
ISBN-10: 1324035536
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English