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Posted on: February 9, 2021

Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary

Our Malady

by Timothy Snyder

Reviewed by Linda:
Finally, a book that explains how Americans got to the predicament we are in now, a nation without any of the tools we need to confront a life-threatening pandemic: adequate health care for all, a medical system that prioritizes saving lives over profits for insurance and pharmaceutical companies, a public health system under the control of doctors not politicians, a vigorous local press that accurately informs communities about the threats facing them, and more. Yale historian Timothy Snyder, author of the bestseller On Tyranny, has produced a short, concise gem of a book that details the terrible care he received in American hospitals after his appendix burst in January 2020 (and compares it with the medical care he has receive in Europe), and how he watched the spread of COVID 19 from his hospital bed.

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