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Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague

“A mash-up of Erik Larson and Richard Preston.” —Tina Jordan, New York Times Book Review podcast

On March 6, 1900, the bubonic plague took its first victim on American soil: Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown—but when corrupt politicians mounted a cover-up to obscure the threat, it fell to federal health officer Rupert Blue to save San Francisco, and the nation, from a gruesome fate. Black Death at the Golden Gate is a spine-chilling saga of virulent racism, human folly, and the ultimate triumph of scientific progress.

David K. Randall is the New York Times best-selling author of four books, including Dreamland and Black Death at the Golden Gate. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. A senior reporter at Reuters, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

ISBN: 9780393358155

ISBN-10: 9780393358155

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 07/07/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 07/07/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 304

Language: English

Categories

History / United States / 20th Century

History / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)

Medical / Epidemiology