Aug. 14—In "The Premonition: A Pandemic Story," author
Lewis introduces the health officials who formulated plans for how to respond to a pandemic and people who dealt with infectious viruses. And how all of their plans were lost, ignored and rejected when the real thing came along ... at least at first.
These are bold thinkers who think not just outside of the box but inside, outside, below, above, how the box is manufactured, where it comes from, what materials are used and not used in its construction, etc.
And they are bold actors who have the courage of conviction, who are willing to risk their careers to do their jobs and save others.
Some of the main people in Lewis' book worked together to formulate a pandemic response plan during Bush's presidency. Others worked in other fields but they all began working together in the face of COVID-19.
They faced a series of hurdles of willful ignorance from President
Lewis writes this non-fiction book with the suspense of a thriller and with the depth of character research often found in a novel.
Lewis doesn't spend a lot of time focusing on the failures of the Trump administration in "The Premonition." Instead, he looks at the failures of the health system on local, state and national levels. He also throws stones at the much-vaunted reputation of the
For readers who think the response to COVID-19 has been over dramatic, the people featured in this book are the people to blame. But for readers who realize the importance of the measures they have preached and the untold number of lives they have saved even in the face of hundreds of thousands of deaths, these people deserve our praise.
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