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Epidemics

Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 29 hrs and 38 mins
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By investigating thousands of descriptions of epidemics reaching back before the fifth-century-BCE Plague of Athens to the distrust and violence that erupted with Ebola in 2014, Epidemics challenges a dominant hypothesis in the study of epidemics, that invariably across time and space, epidemics provoked hatred, blaming of the "other," and victimizing bearers of epidemic diseases, particularly when diseases were mysterious, without known cures or preventive measures, as with AIDS during the last two decades of the 20th century. 

However, scholars and public intellectuals, especially post-AIDS, have missed a fundamental aspect of the history of epidemics. Instead of sparking hatred and blame, the history of epidemics traced in this study illustrates that more often epidemics inspired compassion and drew communities closer together.  

©2018 Samuel K. Cohn, Jr. (P)2018 Tantor

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meh

It took me a while to get used to the narrator's voice. I allway prefer long books, 15+ hours. But this book could really benefit from a re-editing and shortening. It's more of a check-list of epidemic rather then traditional non-fiction literature. But there are stll interesting sections in this book such as epidemics in the ancient world and people's response to the Black-Death etc. But in a world full of Great non-fiction literature, this book doesn't really stand out.

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