Publisher Description - “about this book”:
Diseases don’t affect just one person’s life . . . sometimes they change the world.
Did the Black Death destroy the feudal system? 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 small pox, 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.
Highlighted with vivid and meticulously researched illustrations, Outbreak is a fascinating look at the hidden world of microbes–and how this world shapes human destiny every day.
About the Author:
Bryn Barnard has been vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, smallpox, typhoid, polio, influenza, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and Japanese encephalitis. He has taken chloroquine and mefloquine to prevent malaria and penicillin, ampicillin, tetracycline, and streptomycin to stop bacteria infections. His water is filtered and chlorinated. He washes his hands several times each day.
Bryn’s previous book for Crown was Dangerous Planet: Natural Disasters That Changed History, which Booklist praised as “fascinating” and “engaging” in a starred review. He studied art at the Univeristy of California-Berkeley and illustration at Art Center College of Design. Bryn lives with his wife and two children in the San Juan Islands, Washington along with a dog, two cats, two lizards, six ducks, and an assortment of microbes.