“Shrewdly articulated . . . thought-provoking and well-documented”–
#qotd People have stopped wearing masks & are crossing all borders of social distancing.
Is the pandemic over?
How can we come back to normal, so soon?
When will we learn our lessons??
PANDEMIC- tracking contagions, from cholera to corona viruses & beyond
pandemic: from the Greek pan “all” + dēmos “people”.
A disease outbreak that spreads throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world.
272 pages, 10 chapters
introduction, glossary, notes, index etc.
There are coloured, glossy paper pictures too.
This book couldn’t be more relatable, than in the present times.
The book was first published in 2016 in the United States
is now, first published in 2020, in India by HarperCollins, with a new preface.
SONIA SHAH is an investigative journalist and author of critically acclaimed and prize-winning books on science, human rights, and international politics.
✨Basic premise of the book:
The book explores history, with deep, rigorous research to find the causes & effects of pathogens, why we take so long to acknowledge & accept them as a pandemic and have we ever learnt our lessons?
This highly, informed read, aims to pull off the mask of various pandemics in history & tries to establish a relation between them & even with the future pandemics.
It says, the future lies in our hands..
Read the book if;
✨you want a detailed character- sketch of past pathogens & pandemics, the present & the probable future ones.
✨you want to understand each and every aspect, with a scientific point of view, in a simple, lay- man language.
✨It helps us understand our role as an individual, as a society, as a human species in this entire conundrum.
What did I learn?
✨Life keeps on repeating it’s trials & tribulations until and unless we understand our lessons from it & improve & move on.
✨A good, descriptive read for starters on the said topic.
The personal experiences of the author, adds to the reading experience.