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A shocking foreshadowing into the current world of the pandemic
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
This book provides a shocking foreshadowing into the current world of the pandemic. The parallels are almost disturbingly exact. And this isn't fiction. Our nation faced the same issues before. I have both the hard copy and the Audible version. John Hadfield is one of the rare authors who can professionally narrate his own work with the right blend of emotion and fact.
I was naive in assuming that people were kinder "back then," but the same debates on ego-centric versus community-centric existed then, as well. To self-isolate or not, to wear a mask or not, and so on.
I was also surprised to find that our current world of social media didn't outdo the old days. The newspapers gave names and addresses of people who were ill along with details on their statuses. Private information was freely shared in the papers.
This book is an enlightening look into our past and, through it, into our present. I enjoyed the author's approach of providing introductory commentary to explain the time and events, then provided the articles in their original form in order to let the reader decide how to interpret the information. I enjoy when an author does not try to push their own interpretations on the reader.