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Maryn McKenna

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Maryn McKenna is an American author and journalist. She has written for Nature, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and spoke on antibiotics at TED 2015.
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Until Proven Safe
The History and Future of Quarantine
Nicola Twilley, Geoff Manaugh - 2021-07-20
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Discover the fascinating history of quarantine methods in Until Proven Safe. Written by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley, this book explores the concept of quarantine and how it has evolved throughout history. From the early quarantine islands of Venice to the modern labs and conference rooms developing cutting-edge technology, this book provides a compelling and urgent exploration of an idea that is more relevant than ever.
Maryn McKenna
Such a good book!      source
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Perversion of Justice
The Jeffrey Epstein Story
Julie K. Brown - 2021-07-20
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A fearless investigation of Jeffrey Epstein's underage sex trafficking operation, Perversion of Justice exposes the broken system and powerful people that protected him. Dauntless journalist Julie K. Brown tracks down dozens of Epstein's victims, revealing how he ran a global sex trafficking pyramid scheme with impunity for years, targeting vulnerable teens and turning them into recruiters. Brown's groundbreaking report led to Epstein's arrest, the resignation of his accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, and the exposure of his high profile associates, including Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and Bill Clinton.
Maryn McKenna
A riveting book, an extraordinary crusade, undertaken by a dedicated reporter in defiance of the legal and financial risks it caused her. @jkbjournalist did the kind of pathbreaking, risk-taking work that deserves a Pulitzer, as @GlennKesslerWP says downthread.      source
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Before the Lights Go Out
Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us
Maggie Koerth-Baker - 2012-04-01
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This book explores America's energy problem and the need for change in the way we use fossil fuels. The author lays out solutions to cutting our energy budget and investing in alternative energy sources to build a sustainable future. The book delves into buzzwords like clean coal and carbon sequestration and how they will soon be part of our daily lives. The author argues that we need to embrace new ways of getting energy, using it efficiently, and doing more with less instead of reverting to the past.
Maryn McKenna
People on here may not know that @maggiekb1 wrote a very good book on the electrical power grid and knows stuff.      source
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Epidemic and Peace, 1918
Alfred W. Crosby - 2003-07-21 (first published in 1976)
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This historical work delves into the far-reaching impact of the Spanish Influenza epidemic during the end of World War I in the United States.
Maryn McKenna
I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised, because I started writing about 1918 in 1998*, and read Alfred Crosby, whose amazing book Epidemic and Peace, 1918 (later reworked as America’s Forgotten Pandemic) documented the hole in collective memory that 1918 had fallen into. 1/x      source
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King Leopold's Ghost
A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Adam Hochschild - 1999-09-03 (first published in 1998)
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This impactful book delves into the dark history and atrocities committed by King Leopold II of Belgium in the Congo. With incredible detail and moving accounts, author Adam Hochschild tells the story of those who fought against him, including Edmund Morel and Roger Casement, as well as the courageous black Americans George Washington Williams and William Sheppard. Through their struggles, this harrowing tale ultimately gave birth to the first human rights movement of the 20th century. King Leopold's Ghost is a must-read for anyone interested in the tragic history of the Congo and the struggle for human rights.
Maryn McKenna
@rdhduke @moorehn Recommended reading: King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hochschild. Came out maybe 20 years ago, but was a best-seller in its time, all about atrocities what was the colonized Belgian Congo.      source
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