Return of the Black Death: The World's Greatest Serial Killer
If the twenty-first century seems an unlikely stage for the return of a 14th-century killer, the authors of Return of the Black Death argue that the plague, which vanquished half of Europe, has only lain dormant, waiting to emerge again—perhaps, in another form. At the heart of their chilling scenario is their contention that the plague was spread by direct human contact (not from rat fleas) and was, in fact, a virus perhaps similar to AIDS and Ebola. Noting the periodic occurrence of plagues throughout history, the authors predict its inevitable re-emergence sometime in the future, transformed by mass mobility and bioterrorism into an even more devastating killer.
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Interesting and convincing argument that the Black Death was not spread by rat fleas. I thought the additional conclusions and assumptions went beyond the evidence although I am definitely not an ... Read full review
Chapter 1 Birth of a Serial Killer
Chapter 2 The Black Death Crosses the Channel
Chapter 3 After the Black Death The French Connection
Chapter 4 Tentacles of the Plague
Chapter 5 England under Siege
Chapter 6 Portrait of an Epidemic
Chapter 7 The Great Plague of London
Chapter 12 DNA Analysis A Red Herring
Chapter 13 The True Story of a Historic Village
Chapter 14 The Surprising Link between AIDS and the Black Death
Chapter 15 Assembling the Jigsaw Puzzle
Chapter 16 The Black Death in Hiding
Chapter 17 Why Did Haemorrhagic Plague Suddenly Disappear?
Chapter 18 The Dangers of Emergent Diseases
Chapter 19 The Return of the Black Death?
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