The Fever of 1721 by Stephen Coss audiobook

The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics

By Stephen Coss
Read by Bob Souer

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781799986096

  • ISBN: 9781799986089

  • ISBN: 9781799986102

Runtime: 9.77 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times Pick of Books on Past Pandemics

In The Fever of 1721, Stephen Coss brings to life an amazing cast of characters in a year that changed the course of history, including Cotton Mather, the great Puritan preacher; Zabdiel Boylston, a doctor whose name is on one of Boston's grand avenues; James and his younger brother Benjamin Franklin; and Elisha Cooke and his protégé Samuel Adams.

During the worst smallpox epidemic in Boston history, Mather convinced Doctor Boylston to try a procedure that he believed would prevent death—by making an incision in the arm of a healthy person and implanting it with smallpox. "Inoculation" led to vaccination, one of the most profound medical discoveries in history.

A political fever also raged. Elisha Cooke was challenging the Crown for control of the colony and finally forced Royal Governor Samuel Shute to flee Massachusetts. Samuel Adams and the Patriots would build on this to resist the British in the run-up to the American Revolution. And bold young printer James Franklin launched America's first independent newspaper and landed in jail. His teenage brother, Benjamin Franklin, however, learned his trade in James's shop and became a father of the Independence movement.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tale of medical drama, philosophical ferment, and journalistic beginnings—and it is a tale well worth reading!” Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author
Coss's focus on a specific location at a specific time fleshes out the complex and exciting scene in sharp detail, creating a historical account that is fascinating, informational, and pleasing to read. Library Journal Starred Review
“Smallpox was finally eradicated in 1979, but our current politics demonstrate that the tensions between personal freedom and public health that erupted in Boston in 1721 have yet to be fully resolved.” Wall Street Journal
“Coss’s gem of colonial history immerses readers into eighteenth-century Boston and introduces a collection of fascinating people and intriguing circumstances.” Library Journal (starred review)
“The people portrayed in this public health story, their struggles and interactions, feel at once intimate and urgent, thanks to Coss’ lucid telling of this fascinating story.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Stephen Coss

Author Bio: Stephen Coss

Stephen Coss grew up in East Haven and North Haven, Connecticut and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has worked as an advertising agency copywriter and creative director in Chicago, Detroit, and Madison, Wisconsin, where he currently resides.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English