The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

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By Chrissie (Sweden) · ★★★☆☆ · February 06, 2013
3 stars
This book is in-depth. The focus is on history, detailed facts and what we can do to prevent and cope with new maladies. Even if the book is no longer new, it still teaches a lot. We can learn from past mistakes. For me, parts read as a horror story. Then I calmed down. It first came out i... ...more
By Stefanie (Alexandria, VA) · ★★★★★ · August 31, 2007
although it's now somewhat out of date, this remains far and away the most comprehensive and interesting book about diseases i've read. what sets this apart from the rest of the disease books on my shelf is the sheer amount of ground covered and how well it's presented. it doesn't particularly se... ...more
By Lisa (San Francisco, CA) · ★★★★★ · October 19, 2008
This is my kind of horror book. I think it scared me more than just about any other book I’ve ever read, but I loved it. I appreciated the author’s skillful and entertaining story telling and admired her scientific accuracy.

I can’t vouch that the information is current; I read this when it was fi... ...more
By Jen (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · January 31, 2013
This is probably one of the most informative books I've ever read. Laurie Garrett's knowledge of public health issues, coupled with her keen ability to write in Lay Terms-- makes this somewhat dry (but necessary) information a whole lot more palatable. It's been 11 years since I originally read i... ...more
By Angela (Stone Mountain, GA) · ★★★★☆ · January 08, 2014
This book terrified me.

If you think globalization and urbanization in distant places have had no ill effect on the quality of life on this planet, think again. We discover new diseases faster than we learn to treat them, and our current methods of treatment tend only to make the diseases stronger... ...more
By Nick (New York, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · December 02, 2014
pretty good. certainly thorough. "epidemic" is tossed around pretty liberally -- if a fever burns out a south american village, does it make a sound? poor editing, with numerous phrases and sentences repeated verbatim and certain acronyms expanded not at all, on late use, or multiple times. i'd l... ...more
By High Plains (Greeley, CO) · ★★★★☆ · October 13, 2014
Want the skinny on Ebola? I mean, the answer to that is probably not because, frankly, it's kind of terrifying.

Let me put that a different way.

Want to hear actual facts and research about Ebola instead of news bites?

The Coming Plague was easily the best thing I read in library school. Yes, librar... ...more
By Jennifer (Granite City, IL) · ★★★★★ · July 13, 2009
I read this book when it first came out and I was working in a biological chemical factory. This really hit home to me. We were in a way already dealing with some of the issues mentioned in the book. My job title at the time (my tongue-in-cheek title) was mad cow queen. I did research to verify t... ...more
By Mary (Montreal, QC, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · October 09, 2014
Laurie Garrett's book The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance is nearly 20 years old but it offers very interesting background information about the first round of Ebola in Africa, plus important discussion of how diseases develop and spread. Garrett is now senior fel... ...more
By Amber (Phoenix, AZ) · ★★★★★ · August 27, 2008
This book truly is amazing and one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. It explores every aspect of post Word War II diseases and their effects on humanity from a political, economical, and behavioral standpoint. While this is not a fast or easy read (I had a hard time getting through... ...more