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The Ghost Map: Introduction
The Ghost Map: Plot Summary
The Ghost Map: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Ghost Map: Themes
The Ghost Map: Quotes
The Ghost Map: Characters
The Ghost Map: Symbols
The Ghost Map: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Steven Johnson
Historical Context of The Ghost Map
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- Full Title: The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
- When Written: 2004-2006
- Where Written: New York City and Washington, D.C.
- When Published: October 19, 2006
- Genre: Nonfiction, history
- Setting: London, mid-19th century
- Climax: John Snow tries to convince the local authorities to remove the Broad Street pump handle
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for The Ghost Map
Tech titan. In addition to his writing, Steven Johnson has been highly successful as a co-creator of websites, including FEED, Plastic.com, and outside.in. In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Johnson was one of the reigning figures of “Silicon Alley” in New York City.
A matter of moments. One of the most memorable experiences of Steven Johnson’s life occurred during a heavy storm in 2004. Johnson and his wife were in their house, looking out the window at the rain. A few moments later, they turned away from the window—just as the storm smashed through the glass. Had they still been standing in front of the window, Johnson reports, they could have been killed.