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The Nature and Human History of a Deadly Virus

David Quammen

Rated 4/5, the book yet deserves 5/5 if you are like me, a first-time reader on the topic of Ebola.

As Carlos Ruiz Zafon (the well-known novelist who wrote The Shadow of the Wind) famously expressed “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you,” I felt tremendous sympathy for victims of Ebola and other infectious diseases for the first time in my life. To encounter something with up to 75% fatality rate shook me to the core. It is alarming, and the viruses are evolving faster than our technological development.

Great books are always written by great storytellers. Ebola is one of them: short, informative and compelling.

Spring 2021

February 3, 2021 at 3:00:00 PM


science, virus, history


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