Outbreak (Hardcover)

Plagues That Changed History

By Bryn Barnard

Crown Publishing Group (NY), 9780375829864, 48pp.

Publication Date: November 8, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/23/2014)
Prebound (8/4/2015)
Library Binding (11/8/2005)

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“Irascible, intellectual, life-long activist Florence Gordon never sought the limelight, and her work now seems to be receding into feminist history. But, at 75, she receives a rapturous review in the New York Times. That, plus some disconcerting physical difficulties, increasingly unreasonable demands from her ex-husband, and the recent move of her son and his family to her Upper West Side neighborhood throw this fiercely controlled, independent woman off balance. Every character in this novel faces unexpected challenges and is vividly, memorably drawn. Florence's granddaughter, Emily, observes that 'each person is the center of a world.' Rarely has that been so richly demonstrated.”
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Description

"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.


About 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.