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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David P. Clark Narrator: Summer McStravick Publisher: Pearson Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ron | 2/15/2014

    " David Clark provides a quick, popular history of the interaction of germs on genes and civilization. He let slips his political stance on several occasions, but provides a decent introduction to the topic with many interesting readings listed in the back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy | 2/6/2014

    " Although difficult to plow through at times, this is an extremely interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather | 2/5/2014

    " Great book! Informative and an overall great read. While I enjoy books on diseases and history, this book is a book I would recommend to all! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Donna | 1/30/2014

    " This book had some interesting factoids but was very repetitive and extremely disorganized. It didn't break any new ground and the sections on AIDS and religion were rife with illogical conjectures. If I hadn't been reading it on a Kindle I would have thrown the book across the room. The first half or so I gave 3 stars, the last quarter 1 star. I'm averaging it out to a 2 but I would not recommend this book to anyone. "

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