A proper accounting of the city’s typhoid outbreaks could have prevented years of sickness and death, diligent researchers finally showed. Is that history repeating now?
Ralph Blumenthal, a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College of the City University of New York, was an award-winning reporter for The New York Times from 1964 to 2009, and has written seven books on organized crime and cultural history. He led the Times metro team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the 1993 truck-bombing of the World Trade Center. In 2001, Blumenthal was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to research the progressive career and penal reforms of Warden Lewis E. Lawes, “the man who made Sing Sing sing.” His book on Warden Lawes, Miracle at Sing Sing, was published by St. Martin’s in June, 2004.