Title: Until Proven Safe: The History & Future of Quarantine
Author: MANAUGH GEOFF/TWILLEY NICOLA
Publication date: 12/10/2021
Imprint: PAN MACMILLAN
Publishing status: Active
'Timely, eye-opening, provocative – you will see the world differently after reading it.' – Kim Stanley Robinson, author of <i>Ministry for the Future</i>
'Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley offer answers that will make your jaw drop. Nothing about "quarantine" is as simple or straight-forward as you think.' – Laurie Garrett, author of <i>The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World out of Balance</i>
Quarantine has shaped our world, yet it remains both feared and misunderstood. It is our most powerful response to uncertainty, but it operates through an assumption of guilt: in quarantine, we are considered infectious until proven safe. An unusually poetic metaphor for moral and mythic ills, quarantine means waiting to see if something hidden inside of us will be revealed.
<i>Until Proven Safe</i> tracks the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space – from the crumbling lazarettos of the Mediterranean to the hallways of the CDC, to the corporate giants hoping to disrupt the widespread quarantine imposed by Covid-19 before the next pandemic hits through surveillance and algorithmic prediction.
Yet quarantine is more than just a medical tool: Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley drop deep into the Earth to tour a nuclear-waste isolation facility beneath the New Mexican desert, strip down to nothing but protective Tyvek suits to see plants stricken with a disease that threatens the world’s wheat supply, and meet NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer tasked with saving the Earth from extraterrestrial infections.
The result is part travelogue, part intellectual history – a book as compelling as it is definitive, and one that could not be more urgent or timely.
Dimension: 234mm X 153mm