• by Laurie Garrett
  • Narrated by Kristin Kalbli
  • 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Where does Ebola originate? How does it spread? And what should governments do to stop it? Few people understand the answers to these questions better than Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett.
In this masterful account of the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Zaire, Garrett, now the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, shows how superstition and fear, compounded by a lack of resources, education, and clearheaded government planning have plagued our response to Ebola. In an extensive new introduction, Garrett forcefully argues that learning from past outbreaks is the key to solving the Ebola crisis of 2014.
In her account of the 1995 Zaire outbreak, first published in her bestselling book Betrayal of Trust, Garrett takes readers through the epidemic's course-beginning with the Kikwit villager who first contracted it from an animal encounter while chopping wood for charcoal deep in the forest. As she documents the outbreak in riveting detail, Garrett shows why our trust in world governments to protect people's health has been irrevocably broken. She details the international community's engagement in the epidemic's aftermath: a pattern of response and abandonment, urgency that devolves into amnesia.
Ebola: Story Of an Outbreak is essential reading for anyone who wants to comprehend Ebola, one of mankind's most mysterious, malicious scourges. Garrett has issued a powerful call for governments, citizens, and the disease-fighting agencies of the wealthy world to take action.


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Customer Reviews

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Ebola ...... still uninformed

wanted more of the research and the medical aspect instead of the history of the region.... wanted to understand how we as a nation can continue to let the incidents of this outbreak go on.
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- Rashawnn D Woods-Hunter

Very Informative

What did you love best about Ebola?

It really painted a picture of the '95 outbreak; everything from where Ebola came from, how it was addressed (or not addressed), and what kind of a threat it poses.

What does Kristin Kalbli bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her pronunciations gave the book some added value. She was easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Slightly politically charged in a couple places, but otherwise offered a vivid picture of the '95 Ebola outbreak while presenting a factual account of the events in Zaire.

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- Blake

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio