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Pandemics Reading List

Books about pandemics

Recommendations from Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Anderson Cooper and 12 others.
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Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
David Quammen - Sep 09, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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“Science writing as detective story at its best.” —Jennifer Ouellette, Scientific AmericanA New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Scientific American Best Book of the Year, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit...
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Jonathan Eisen
And the Band Played On
Randy Shilts - Nov 27, 2007 (first published in 1987)
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Upon its first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's w...
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Clara Jeffery
The Coming Plague
Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
Laurie Garrett - Sep 30, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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Unpurified drinking water. Improper use of antibiotics. Local warfare. Massive refugee migration. Changing social and environmental conditions around the world have fostered the spread of new and potentially devastating viruses and diseases—HIV, Lassa, Ebola, and others. Laurie Garrett takes you on a fifty-year journey through the world's battles w...
Mountains Beyond Mountains
Tracy Kidder - Aug 31, 2004 (first published in 2003)
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This powerful and inspiring book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. ...
How to Survive a Plague
The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS
David France - Nov 29, 2016 (first published in 2013)
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The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic from the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary How to Survive a Plague. A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs t...
The Hot Zone
The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
Richard Preston - Jul 20, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus.Now a mini-series drama starring Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham, James D'Arcy, and Noah Emmerich on National Geographic.A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no c...
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Jonathan Eisen
Herbal Antivirals
Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections
Stephen Harrod Buhner - Sep 24, 2013
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Current information about antibiotic resistant microbes and the herbs that are effective in fighting them....
Clearing the Plains New Edition
Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Indigenous Life
James Daschuk - Mar 01, 2019 (first published in 2013)
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This new edition of Clearing the Plains has a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Elizabeth A. Fenn, and explanations of the book's influence by leading Canadian historians. Called "one of the most important books of the twenty-first century" by the Literary Review of Canada, it was named a "Book of the Year" by The Globe and Mail, Quill & Q...
Epidemic Invasions
Yellow Fever and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930
Mariola Espinosa - Nov 30, 2009
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In the early fall of 1897, yellow fever shuttered businesses, paralyzed trade, and caused tens of thousand of people living in the southern United States to abandon their homes and flee for their lives. Originating in Cuba, the deadly plague inspired disease-control measures that not only protected U.S. trade interests but also justified the politi...
A Distant Mirror
The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman - Jul 12, 1987 (first published in 1978)
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The 14th century gives us back two contradictory images: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dark time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world plunged into a chaos of war, fear and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman anatomizes the century, revealing both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domes...
Fever
SONIA SHAH - Jun 21, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause célèbre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have opened their pocketbooks in hopes of eradicating the scourge. How does a parasitic disease that we've known how to prevent for more than a century still infect three hundred million peopl...
Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter
On Immunity by Eula Biss
The Making of a Tropical Disease by Randall M. Packard
Flu by Gina Kolata
Viruses by Dorothy H. Crawford
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby
The Pandemic Century by Mark Honigsbaum
The Great Mortality by John Kelly
Faith Reason and the Plague by Carlo Cipolla
Pox Americana by Elizabeth A. Fenn
Nemesis by Philip Roth
American Pandemic by Nancy Bristow