Karl Taro Greenfeld’s riveting account of the SARS pandemic-the first great epidemic of the 21st century. China Syndrome is a real-life thriller following the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from its earliest cases in southern China to its full international scope, telling the story of doctors and researchers on the front lines as they race to understand this deadly new virus, governments grappling with how to respond, and worried families seeking information about their loved ones. With cameos by virologists including Peter Palese and David Ho, journalistsincluding Pete Engardio and Laurie Garrett, as well as political figures such as Colin Powell China Syndrome provides an unrivaled view into both modern science fiction health scare headlines unfold in graphic novel form stunning detail.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for people who are interested in health and wellness. It provides a detailed account of the SARS pandemic, from its origins to its global spread.
- Tells an account of the SARS pandemic that is both riveting and informative.
- Features cameos by important virologists, journalists, and political figures.
- Gives a detailed look into both the science behind epidemics and their real-life human impact.
- The author tries to cover too many things, and as a result the book feels scattered
- The writing is dense and can be difficult to follow at times
- Some of the more technical information about viruses and virology might be dry for some readers
Learn more about the author
Karl Taro Greenfeld is a contributing writer for TIME and an occasional commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate.com, and other publications.
“I was absolutely gripped by China Syndrome. Karl Taro Greenfeld has crafted a mesmerizing and beautifully written account of the SARS pandemic that is both alarming and educational. This book should be read not just by those with an interest in epidemiology, but by everyone.”
“An intense and riveting read. Karl Taro Greenfeld has written a page-turner on an important but often overlooked global crisis.”
“A fast-paced, panoramic account of the 2003 SARS outbreak. . .Greenfeld ably weaves together scientific detail and personal tragedy to create a compelling portrait of both the devastation wrought by SARS and scientists’ frustrating efforts to halt its spread.”
“China Syndrome is an absolutely amazing read. I could not put it down! Karl Taro Greenfeld has done an incredible job of describing the outbreak of SARS and all that unfolded during this terrifying event. Anyone interested in science, medicine, or history will love this book.”