The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story Review

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.

Title:The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

    The Premonition: A Pandemic Story Reviews

  • Michael Perkins

    This book is not going to be ranked with the author’s best books, such as Moneyball and The Big Short, but it was interesting nevertheless.There’s a certain irony that Trump trolls and Libertarian...

  • Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    There are going to be a lot of pandemic books coming out in the coming months, but this is one that tells a story that was not exactly mainstream in 2020. In this book, Michael Lewis (in his typical f...

  • Linda

    4.5Yes, I got up at 3 a.m. to finish this book. Intriguing, infuriating, and scary as hell! ! There’s so much that’s hidden from us, by the government to the CDC. This was my first Michael Lewis b...

  • Roberta

    I absolutely looked forward to reading this book after reading Lewis' The Fifth Risk. It was spooky to read in that book, published in 2018, that "The basic role of government is to keep us safe" and ...

  • Kathleen

    Lewis has written an historical account of pandemic planning in the United States through the administrations of Bush, Obama and Trump. It ends up being a scathing indictment of the Centers for Diseas...

  • Otis Chandler

    Fascinating insider story of how COVID-19 was mishandled by the US government, the CDC, and the WHO. Michael Lewis's tactic that has worked in his past books (Moneyball, The Big Short) worked great wi...

  • Kathy

    Just Wow. I think this is the most amazingly honest and frightening non fiction book I've ever read. Filled with amazing people doing so much research and work about pandemics years before Covid 19. T...

  • La Crosse County Library

    Michael Lewis has a real gift for rendering complex problems and systems into manageable bits and pieces for the lay reader looking in from the outside. This was demonstrated amply by Lewis's latest b...

  • Brian

    This is a book about scientists and public health officials who rely on trained intuition. In a system ill-equipped to act nimbly in a pandemic landscape, they are the people that speak to what needs ...

  • Venky

    Michael Lewis has this gifted and almost uncanny propensity to select seemingly complex and sacrilegious topics and present them for the consumption of his readers in a breezy and mind numbing manner ...