The news of cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe reminds me of reading The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson’s gripping account of the discovery of the causes of cholera in London in the 19th century. This was my review of it in the FT.
It seems improbable now that there could be cholera in Soho in the middle of London, but an outbreak there in 1854 led to the proof that the deadly illness was caused by drinking sewage-infected water.
The decision of the chief executives of the big three Detroit companies to fly by corporate jet to Washington to seek a federal bail-out two weeks ago must rank as one of the great corporate public relations blunders of our time.
Now, it seems, Rick Wagoner of General Motors and Alan Mulally of Ford are going to waste time by driving themselves to the Capitol to have a second go, while Bob Nardelli of Chrysler is pondering his transport options. According to the Wall Street Journal this morning: