The Four Horsemen and the Hope of a New Age
Finishes at: Saturday 16 October 3:00 PM
Beware! Medical military historian Dr Emily Mayhew has summoned, for your delectation, the four horsemen,
War, Famine, Pestilence and Death! Their ravages span time and space but, cheer up, this uplifting book focuses
on the NGOs, scientists and academics who stand together, developing scientific discoveries and technological
advances to defeat them!
An infinitely varied international line of pragmatic humanitarians, wearing trainers rather than armour, carrying
smartphones rather than guns, take risks, join dots, complete paperwork, generate and share vital data. Volunteer
pharmacists in Damascus stewarding antibiotics, Mosul historians, researchers preventing crop disease, NGOs
fighting Ebola, here are people – scientists, peace negotiators, doctors, engineers, biologists, statisticians, app
developers, historians, bee-keepers, architects and volunteers, making the world safer for us all.
Our role in the battle is to see their work, understand what they are trying to do, and support their fight for a new, more hopeful reality.
“The most gripping non-fiction book I have read in a very long time.” Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
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