Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One (Hardback)
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Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages
Published: 21/04/2022
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Arguably the definitive account of the Covid-19 pandemic thus far, scientist Sridhar's wide-ranging volume approaches the public health crisis from medical, political and economic standpoints to craft a compelling narrative unafraid to highlight incompetence or inequality - in the hope of preventing another similar catastrophe in years to come.

Preventable uses the spellbinding story of the COVID-19 pandemic to show how global politics shape our health.

Professor Devi Sridhar has risen to prominence for her vital roles in communicating science to the public and speaking truth to power. In Preventable she highlights lessons learned from outbreaks past and present in a narrative that traces the COVID-19 pandemic - including her personal experience as a scientist - and sets out a vision for how we can better protect ourselves from the inevitable health crises to come.

In gripping and heartfelt prose, Sridhar exposes the varied realities of those affected (from the jailed doctor in Wuhan who sounded the alarm, and the bored passengers marooned on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, to the daily nightmares of exhausted healthcare workers), and puts you in the room with key decision makers at crucial moments (from over-confident heads of states and their hesitant scientific advisors, to the beleaguered leaders of global health organisations).

Sridhar vibrantly conveys the twists and turns of a plot that saw: deadlier variants emerge (contrary to the predictions of social media pundits who argued it would mutate to a milder form); the Pyrrhic victory in many countries of the false narrative of health versus the economy (those countries which controlled the virus, like Taiwan and Denmark, had a steadier recovery); countries with weak health systems like Senegal and Vietnam fare better than countries like the US and UK (which were consistently ranked as the most prepared); and the quickest development of game-changing vaccines in history (and their unfair distribution).

Combining science, politics, ethics and economics, this definitive book dissects the global structures that determine our fate, and reveals the deep-seated economic and social inequalities at their heart - it will challenge, outrage and inspire.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241510537
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm


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The sensational story of how a disaster was turned into a catastrophe, with the clarity, precision and humanity that you would expect from one of the most important voices of reason of the COVID era. A brutally compelling reminder that if voices like Devi's had been listened to, so many more could have lived - Owen Jones

Excellent . . . Fair, clear and compelling. And like all of Devi's contributions over the course of the pandemic, very accessible - Nicola Sturgeon

One of the most brilliant scientists in the world who has been proven consistently right in this crisis - Piers Morgan

Powerful . . . If we're to stop history from repeating itself when the next pandemic pathogen emerges, books such as Preventable are very much welcome - Oliver Barnes, Financial Times

Contributions such as Devi's will be the building blocks of the learning we need, as a global community, to create the awareness required for the healthier and safer world all people deserve - Dr Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Essential reading - Lorraine Kelly

Devi is a public health expert with deep knowledge and expertise in the field. She has a unique ability to translate complex public health challenges, research and recommendations into language experts and non-experts alike can understand. I always read and listen to what she has to say and I hope you will too - Chelsea Clinton

Brilliant. I read it like a thriller that I had lived through, a fascinating, detailed and personal account of the pandemic that takes you behind and beyond the headlines. I suspect it will be the most readable account of all the analyses that will follow - Chris van Tulleken

Sridhar's prescience transformed her into one of Britain's most prominent commentators once . . . In her new book, Preventable, Sridhar distils the lessons of the time - George Eaton, New Statesman

Those who have found Professor Devi Sridhar's expertise and calm advice invaluable since the arrival of Covid-19 will be glad to know that she has written Preventable - Rachel Cooke, Guardian, 'Nonfiction to look out for in 2022'

Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at Edinburgh university, examines how the pandemic changed the world and how we might stop the next one happening - Financial Times, 'The books to read in 2022'

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“Good Overview of the Pandemic”

I enjoyed reading about the whole lead up to the Pandemic and how each country tried to deal with it. However, the author is supposed to be a Public health expert and is a professor of Global Public Health in... More

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