The facinating thing about this book is that we didn't learn about this in school and that our parents and grandparents didn't talk about it. John Barry weaves a story about the social, medical, political and human side of this great epidemic. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned a great deal - much of it still relevant to our present situation and our approaches to infectious disease.
My two favorite parts of this book are about the discussion on the drop in crime in New York City (it wasn't you, Guilini) and the drop in the rest of the country. Usually economics is narrow and does not show a recognition of social complexities - in this book I started to admired the discipline for what it can teach.
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