The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How it Changed Science, Cities, and The Modern World
Weirdly, a book about an infectious disease outbreak in 1850s London called out to me from my bookcase just before the holidays. Johnson chronicles the cholera outbreak that rewrote how cities operate. It reads almost like a thriller with some infrastructure studies thrown in. For a non-fiction, it's easy reading. Also, just enough description about the disease that you get the idea but not enough to feel gross.