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From the PublisherNew York Times Book Review
An engrossing study...Gottfried leaves us with a better understanding of how humans turned out to be at the mercy of changes in insect and rodent ecology.
The Atlantic Monthly
Intriguing [description of] the social and economic effects of the plague, particularly its impact on the medical profession...Professor Gottfried describes the process in brisk and stimulating style.
William H. McNeill
New York Review of Books
Marks a distinct intellectual advance...a powerful reminder of how drastically ecological balances can be upset...
New England Journal of Medicine
The epidemiology of plague and its introduction into Europe, the details of its devastation of various regions, and the economic consequences of the pandemic...represents the scholarly consensus and is well told.
The Boston Globe Book Review
Gottfried's own historical expertise serves him well in describing the broad tears, temporary patches, and eventual retailoring of the fabric of medieval life...Gottfried's examination of the Black Death can help us to understand ourselves as well as our darkest past.