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“This meticulously researched essay by Barry Larson Uncovers the truth behind the world's most common and deadly pandemics of the entire history.” (The History Magazine)

Aѕ humаnѕ hаvе ѕрrеаd асrоѕѕ thе wоrld, ѕо hаvе infесtiоuѕ diѕеаѕеѕ. Evеn in thiѕ mоdеrn еrа, оutbrеаkѕ аrе nеаrlу соnѕtаnt, thоugh nоt еvеrу оutbrеаk rеасhеѕ раndеmiс lеvеl аѕ COVID-19 hаѕ. Tоdау’ѕ viѕuаlizаtiоn оutlinеѕ ѕоmе оf hiѕtоrу’ѕ mоѕt dеаdlу раndеmiсѕ, frоm thе Antоninе Plаguе tо thе сurrеnt COVID-19 еvеnt.

Diѕеаѕе аnd illnеѕѕеѕ hаvе рlаguеd humаnitу ѕinсе thе еаrliеѕt dауѕ, оur mоrtаl flаw. Hоwеvеr, it wаѕ nоt until thе mаrkеd ѕhift tо аgrаriаn соmmunitiеѕ thаt thе ѕсаlе аnd ѕрrеаd оf thеѕе diѕеаѕеѕ inсrеаѕеd drаmаtiсаllу.

Widеѕрrеаd trаdе сrеаtеd nеw орроrtunitiеѕ fоr humаn аnd аnimаl intеrасtiоnѕ thаt ѕрeеd uр ѕuсh ерidеmiсѕ. Mаlаriа, tubеrсulоѕiѕ, influеnzа, ѕmаllроx, аnd оthеrѕ firѕt арреаrеd during thеѕе еаrlу уеаrѕ. Thе mоrе сivilizеd humаnѕ bесаmе - with lаrgеr сitiеѕ, mоrе еxоtiс trаdе rоutеѕ, аnd inсrеаѕеd соntасt with diffеrеnt рорulаtiоnѕ оf реорlе, аnimаlѕ, аnd есоѕуѕtеmѕ - thе mоrе likеlу that раndеmiсѕ оссured.

Hеrе аrе ѕоmе оf thе mаjоr pаndеmiсѕ discussed:

  • Plаguе
  • Smаllроx
  • Mаlаriа
  • Chоlеrа
  • Tubеrсulоѕiѕ
  • Sраniѕh Flu (Influеnzа)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • SARS
  • Cоrоnаviruѕ

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  • James L. Morales
  • 20-06-2020

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A great read. As an Irishman I was fascinated to learn about the origins of our 18th century famine as well as our treatment in the USA during Cholera outbreaks. Also the Corporate responsibility for outbreaks in New York attributable to the likes of JP Morgan was another great piece of info. A very relevant book in 2020. I recommend it to anyone looking for a great read of a fascinating history on the pandemic.

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  • Shawna D. Albright
  • 20-06-2020

Pandemic’s History is a great book

If anyone thought a book about virology, epidemics and human pandemics would be hard work and boring, they would be wrong. Barry's book is gripping, moving and exciting. And this easy-to-read book clearly explains the complex dynamics between viruses, insects, birds, mammals and humans. This is first book I have found that defines the replication, random mutation and transmission of viruses in a most straightforward manner. I highly recommend it, as it is high time we learn from the past pandemics to help ourselves in the current pandemic.

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  • Cerys Bennett
  • 27-06-2020

Remarkable yet frightening!

listening this history, I felt the helplessness the victims and survivors must have felt. The fact that so tiny a creature, if you will, could cause such mass casualties in such a short amount of time should be a wake up call. More frightening still is the fact that such a world changing event seems to have been forgotten about. There is thought that my great-grandmother died of the Spanish Flu even as late as 1920 which eventually caused the unraveling of her family.

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  • Li Yulan
  • 23-06-2020

Good book, poor narration.

Very informative book and a good study. The narrator was terrible! No inflection of tone. Too many mispronounced names and places! Useless purchase!

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  • Kristine M. Giltner
  • 20-06-2020

Easy to read and highly informative

Readers are going to love the individual stories presented in the book! It brings home the reality of what occurred during the Pandemic of 1918. How quickly folks died. The mass graves. The limited news stories. The lack of quarantining the afflicted as the governments of the world did not want to incite panic during WWI. The interesting aspects of what those in the medical field went through in wanting the government to quarantine the ill. and also trying to understand what a virus was, in comparison to bacterial.

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  • Ruben P. Crosby
  • 20-06-2020

Great Piece of Information:

I thought I knew quite a bit about the Pandemic of 1918. NOT. I have enjoyed learning all that pandemic’s history has had to offer. I found out that all that I knew of the pandemic is very limited. I had NO idea that the governments of the world didn't allow the press to advise the public of the severity of the virus. Just goes to show that governments should not be allowed to keep secrets. Especially when it comes to real dangers to humans. I had never heard of the flu being called the Spanish Lady. Yet, it seems to be a very common expression. The number of casualties just blew my mind. It was considerably higher than I thought it was.

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  • Nicole G. White
  • 20-06-2020

Well-written and highly detailed

Pandemic’s History is a great book to get into to the details of emerging viruses from any background. Barry manages to weave a complex subject into a flowing narrative, giving scientific detail where necessary and supplying lots of case studies and stories to help lighten the load. You cannot but be impressed by the amount of research, interviews and fieldwork he has completed over many years to put into this book. This is not a textbook, so if you are looking for academic detail look elsewhere, however I come from a virology background and found this an engaging and enjoyable general interest read.

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  • Virginia White
  • 17-09-2020

Huge information to learn

Exceptionally instructive book. Taken in a decent piece by listening this book. With a worldwide economy is it straightforward how sicknesses like Cholera can spread. Book contains enough scholastic data to be adroit

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  • Willie Rees
  • 17-09-2020

I absolutely love this book

What we're surviving currently isn't altogether obscure and we can gain from an audit of past pandemics in a truly listenable introduction. This will leave you with the inquiry "for what reason would we say we were so ill-equipped?

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  • Eleanor Oakhill
  • 09-09-2020

Dreadful

The frequent mispronunciations and flat, non-narrative affect of the voice made this painful to listen to. I will have to get a print copy to read as it seemed to be well written. It sounded like a computer trying to sight read.

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  • Sherman O'neill
  • 25-06-2020

Staccato delivery undermines informative book

The choice of Trevor Nicholus Collins as the narrator, somewhat ruined my enjoyment of this. It is a topical and interesting book which I now realise I would have preferred to read myself. Collins' staccato delivery is very off putting. The stop and start method he employs is very reminiscent of a robot, and with his oft poor pronunciation, I know I will be avoiding in future any other books he is narrator of. I will now purchase the Kindle version of this as the information Barry Larson includes in the book is worth having access to.

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  • Tilly West
  • 26-06-2020

Pandemic’s History is a great book

If anyone thought a book about virology, epidemics and human pandemics would be hard work and boring, they would be wrong. Barry's book is gripping, moving and exciting. And this easy-to-read book clearly explains the complex dynamics between viruses, insects, birds, mammals and humans. This is first book I have found that defines the replication, random mutation and transmission of viruses in a most straightforward manner. I highly recommend it, as it is high time we learn from the past pandemics to help ourselves in the current pandemic.

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  • 26-06-2020

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A great read. As an Irishman I was fascinated to learn about the origins of our 18th century famine as well as our treatment in the USA during Cholera outbreaks. Also the Corporate responsibility for outbreaks in New York attributable to the likes of JP Morgan was another great piece of info. A very relevant book in 2020. I recommend it to anyone looking for a great read of a fascinating history on the pandemic.

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  • Laura Mills
  • 26-06-2020

Great Piece of Information

I thought I knew quite a bit about the Pandemic of 1918. NOT. I have enjoyed learning all that pandemic’s history has had to offer. I found out that all that I knew of the pandemic is very limited. I had NO idea that the governments of the world didn't allow the press to advise the public of the severity of the virus. Just goes to show that governments should not be allowed to keep secrets. Especially when it comes to real dangers to humans. I had never heard of the flu being called the Spanish Lady. Yet, it seems to be a very common expression. The number of casualties just blew my mind. It was considerably higher than I thought it was.

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  • Amy Jordan
  • 26-06-2020

Easy to read and highly informative

Readers are going to love the individual stories presented in the book! It brings home the reality of what occurred during the Pandemic of 1918. How quickly folks died. The mass graves. The limited news stories. The lack of quarantining the afflicted as the governments of the world did not want to incite panic during WWI. The interesting aspects of what those in the medical field went through in wanting the government to quarantine the ill. and also trying to understand what a virus was, in comparison to bacterial.

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  • Kate Sykes
  • 26-06-2020

Excellent Book

A well written and thorough chronical of cholera's morbid history provides an intriguing Launchpad for digressions into evolutionary biology, microbiology and epidemiology. It's interesting to read these topics from another point of view. The author, takes care to avoid gross generalizations and present a detailed synthesis of the achievements and limitations of the biomedical sciences. Due to the serious and often heart breaking issues raised in this book, I appreciated Barry’s well placed wit and charm in his treatment of the anti-vax crowd. Excellent read for anyone looking to take a break from journal articles and better understand/appreciate the antecedents of modern biomedical research.

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  • Abigail Kerr
  • 26-06-2020

Highly Recommended

Brilliantly written, you don’t need to be a scientist to understand and grasp the information in this book. I found this book to be really informative; I definitely have a better understanding of the workings of viruses, bacteria and species cross infection. It informs without the drama and fear factor of some other books on this subject I have read. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject!! I’m in love with this nook and following the author for more masterpieces like Pandemic’s History.

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  • Courtney Harding
  • 26-06-2020

This book is awesome

It is also accessible to any reader with an interest in medicine, the history of medical discovery and discoverers, and people who like to experience the world at large in all the places and manners that might be available to them, by travel, or the written word. I only wish I hadn't read it so I could read it again immediately. It was that good. The author has an impressive talent for weaving the stories of science, the tools of the researcher's trade, and in spite of a wealth of technical science, you should still "get it". He has also cleverly imagined a purely fictional but amazing story within the actual science that demonstrates how the most horrifying "pandemic’s history" of today's killer diseases walked out of remote Africa and Asia, and into the so-called modern world.

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  • Edward Cooper
  • 26-06-2020

Best Non-Fiction book I’ve ever read

I was worried that this book would be scaremongering, overly-dramatic, and patronising. I needn't have feared! It tells the stories of pandemic’s history cases, explains the science behind them and explores the possibilities going forward. It is fast-paced and exciting whilst retaining a human element; i.e. deaths are talked of respectfully. It goes fairly deeply (for a layperson) into the science but manages to hold your hand enough that you can keep up and enjoy the ride.

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  • Abby Kay
  • 26-06-2020

Worth the read

It is excruciatingly and painstakingly specific in detail and science. The author does make it ever so much more readable than you might imagine by putting in the human element of his studies and travels. The subject matter is horrifying; what he discovers and relates is even more horrifying. I promise that I will never eat any southern Asian cuisine in South Asia unless I've seen and questioned each of its ingredients. The last chapter is worth the entire read as Barry brings it all together with common sense and hard advice. I'll never forget the meaning of "zoonotic"; it has importance for us now and on into the future. In the meantime, we might all think about going vegetarian.

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