The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease Audiobook, by Charles Kenny Play Audiobook Sample

The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease Audiobook

The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease Audiobook, by Charles Kenny Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jacques Roy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781797119564

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54:08 minutes

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15 seconds

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28:21 minutes

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A vivid, sweeping history of mankind’s battles with infectious disease, for readers of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and John Barry’s The Great Influenza.

For four thousand years, the size and vitality of cities, economies, and empires were heavily determined by infection. Striking humanity in waves, the cycle of plagues set the tempo of civilizational growth and decline, since common response to the threat was exclusion—quarantining the sick or keeping them out. But the unprecedented hygiene and medical revolutions of the past two centuries have allowed humanity to free itself from the hold of epidemic cycles—resulting in an urbanized, globalized, and unimaginably wealthy world.

However, our development has lately become precarious. Climate and population fluctuations and aspects of our prosperity such as global trade have left us more vulnerable than ever to newly emerging plagues. Greater global cooperation toward sustainable health is urgently required—such as the international efforts to harvest a Covid-19 vaccine—with millions of lives and trillions of dollars at stake.

Written as colorful history, The Plague Cycle reveals the relationship between civilization, globalization, prosperity, and infectious disease over the past five millennia. It harnesses history, economics, and public health, and charts humanity’s remarkable progress, providing a fascinating and timely look at the cyclical nature of infectious disease.

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“Provides a grand historical view of the critical role that disease has played in shaping human behavior and societies.”

— Francis Fukuyama, New York Times bestselling author 


  • “An astute explication of our species’ battles with microbes since the dawn of human time.”

    — Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague

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About Charles Kenny

Charles Kenny, previously a senior economist at the World Bank, is now a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek and Foreign Policy magazines. He lives in Washington, DC.

About Jacques Roy

Jacques Roy is a audio narrator and actor, known for The Lower Angels and Room and Board.