Plagues in the Nation


Plagues in the Nation is a narrative history of America through major outbreaks. The book examines how law and government affected the outcome of the epidemics that struck America, and how those outbreaks have in turn shaped our government. Using the story of the efforts to contain Ebola and COVID-19, Polly Price presents a fascinating history that has never been fully explored.

“A masterful book for our times, a must-read for understanding how pandemics shape law, government, and society. Price takes us on a journey through history to offer vital lessons for the future.” —Lawrence O. Goslin, University Professor and director of the WHO Center on Global Health Law, Georgetown University.


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