Outbreak!: Plagues That Changed History

Outbreak!: Plagues That Changed History

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by Bryn Barnard
     
 

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“An engrossing introduction for young adult readers to the chillingly topical subject of man vs. microbe.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Time…  See more details below

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“An engrossing introduction for young adult readers to the chillingly topical subject of man vs. microbe.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Time and again, diseases have impacted the course of human history in surprisingly powerful ways. From influenza to smallpox, from tuberculosis to yellow fever, Bryn Barnard describes the symptoms and paths of the world’s worst diseases—and how the epidemics they spawned have changed history forever.
 
Filled with fascinating, often gory details about disease and history, Outbreak! is a wonderful combination of science and history.


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This well-written volume explores specific plagues that have impacted society. Barnard begins with an introduction to microbes and the positive and negative effects that they can have on humans. A history of the study of microorganisms follows. The bulk of the book then focuses on specific plagues with a chapter devoted to each, including the Black Death, smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, tuberculosis, and influenza. The final chapter discusses the modern struggle against disease. A thorough glossary and a detailed list of sources are included. The evocative paintings help to clarify the text. Browsers and report writers alike will find this to be a fascinating and informative resource.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307489258
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/26/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,091,568
Lexile:
1080L (what's this?)
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Bryn Barnard has illustrated numerous books and is the author of Dangerous Planet: Natural Disasters That Changed History and The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World. He splits his time between Friday Harbor, Washington, and Maidan Hawally, Kuwait.


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Outbreak!: Plagues That Changed History 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Readers_Rock More than 1 year ago
Bryn Barnard's illustrations alone are reason enough to buy this amazing work of art. But the writing, also by Barnard, is amazingly researched and full of trivia that will rock your world. My kids love this book, but adults also pick it up and become mesmerized. It's cheap and beautiful and jam-packed with info. It's a standby gift for friends who are hard to buy for. Men and boys, especially.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
better reading elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an adult, I found this book fascinating because it describes the diseases, the treatments and the impact that plagues and diseases had on the economic and social structures of the world.