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Old 08-16-2010, 04:40 AM   #1
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Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today, by David P. Clark

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The Stunning Hidden Interconnections Between Microbes and Humanity

AD 452: Attila the Hun stands ready to sack Rome. No one can stop him--but he walks away. A miracle? No...dysentery. Microbes saved the Roman Empire. Nearly a millennium later, the microbes of the Black Death ended the Middle Ages, making possible the Renaissance, western democracy, and the scientific revolution. Soon after, microbes ravaged the Americas, paving the way for their European conquest.

Again and again, microbes have shaped our health, our genetics, our history, our culture, our politics, even our religion and ethics. This book reveals much that scientists and cultural historians have learned about the pervasive interconnections between infectious microbes and humans. It also considers what our ongoing fundamental relationship with infectious microbes might mean for the future of the human species.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:29 AM   #2
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Repeat freebie for Kindle, available to Canadians. I've read part of this and it's actually pretty decent (the first few chapters at least; maybe it descends into tinfoilhattery later on).
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for the B&N link!

I'm pleased to see some of these FT Press titles showing up free @ B&N. I like them, but sometimes the formatting on the Kindle versions is kind of messed up and ePub is so much easier to fix.
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Excellent find, just got it, thanks!
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I believe an epidemic also helped to end WWI as well. The flu was a serious and sometimes deadly thing when it first appeared. Hence the fine for spitting on the sidewalk. The book does look interesting.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:07 AM   #10
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Thanks for this. I had confused it with "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond which was also a celebrated PBS special. But this looks worth a read as well.
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This is basically "Guns, Germs, and Steel"-lite. A nice Cliff Notes-like version which is good for getting the gist of the connections without going into what may be too much depth or detail for the casual reader.

It's a nice freebie. But if you got this or this week's other FT Press offerings from B&N early in the morning, you might want to check your receipts, as they had the website glitch where it showed a free price and then charged the full for some of their $0.00 titles.
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