Plagues and Peoples

by William H. McNeill | History |
ISBN: 0385121229 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 2/2/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, February 20, 2012
If you start reading a book about the history of disease when you have a bad cold, it shifts your perspective a bit. It took me a long time to get through this one, in part because of the convoluted sentences the author tends to use..but I did like this quote from the notes: "This is a better article than the title might suggest." :)

Some parts of this reminded me of the old Atari game Kingdom (we used to run it off a *cassette tape* drive): every once in a while you'd get a message saying something like "A plague! Half the people died." ... and it was good for the person playing the game because then you had lots of money to feed the remaining people. :p

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (5/29/2012 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA


Headed out in MaryZee's Biographies of Things box.

This book was set free to find a new reader; I'm so glad you've found it!

Free your books - help spread the words!

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, September 07, 2012
I'm taking this book from MaryZee's Biographies of Things bookbox. Anything ornamented with this many skulls has to be good!

Later: I enjoyed this, from the "how this book happened" introduction to the interaction between human evolution, with its changes of habitat, diet, and living conditions, and diseases. There's the problem of identifying ancient diseases when all we have to go on are written (or carved) descriptions of symptoms. And the effects of the huge plagues on social structure, through the drastic reduction of the peasant class that had done most of the food-production. Thought-provoking!

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Showcase Cinemas, 32 Reiss Ave in Lowell, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (10/25/2012 UTC) at Showcase Cinemas, 32 Reiss Ave in Lowell, Massachusetts USA


I plan to leave this on one of the benches in the cinema lobby at around 7:30 or so, when I go to see Rifftrax Live: Birdemic; this book touches on the "bird flu", but it's not quite the same kind of epidemic {wry grin}. Hope the finder enjoys the book!

*** Released for the 2012 Spook-tacular Halloween release challenge, for the skeleton on the cover. ***

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