Outbreak!: Plagues That Changed Historyby Bryn Barnard
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/i>
“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.
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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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.
better reading elsewhere.
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.