With an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winner Timothy Egan, the riveting, eye-opening first-draft history of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unprepared is the first-to-market history of the COVID-19 pandemic—a raw, primary-source accounting of the epoch-defining event: a virus that first appeared in China in late 2019 and spread rapidly across the globe, killing hundreds of thousands, devastating economies, and changing the modern world forever.
A day-by-day chronicle of the response to COVID-19 as it attacked, Unprepared gathers a range of public statements from President Trump and his administration, elected officials such as Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom, leading journalists and scientists, and organizations from National Nurses United to the United Food and Commercial Workers union. A haunting portrait of the world scrambling for answers while the number of cases rose alongside the death toll, the book reveals not only our strengths as a people, but also the fault lines and dysfunction that plague our nation in the new millennium.
Unprepared is an illuminating artifact for today and for future generations, an astonishing document of history being made, and a multifaceted narrative that drops the reader directly into the real-time experience of confusion, drama, and fear that defines the outbreak of COVID-19.