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Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by [Wright, Jennifer]
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Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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It would be all too easy to read this book about devastating diseases with a basso profundo voice of doom...Instead, narrator Gabra Zackman follows the author's lead and takes a lighter tone. She is especially effective at capturing the author's use of irony and occasional expressions of incredulity. This makes the narrative flow more easily and keeps listeners engaged.

-- "AudioFile"

Narrator Gabra Zackman does a wonderful job accentuating the tongue-in-cheek aspects of these riveting accounts and will leave listeners with the impression that some ancient plagues were better handled than modern ones.

-- "Library Journal (audio review)"

Wright brings a reliably sane and bitingly funny voice to a topic we never realized we wanted to know so much about: historically devastating plagues! Read that you can soon amuse your friends with the best dinner party conversation ever.

-- "Nylon magazine"

Leadership, religiosity, power structures, and science collide...written with Wright's signature humorous tone, this is a grim but engaging look at some of humanity's most feared foes.

-- "Bust magazine"

This well-researched book is a disturbing, hard-to-put-down reminder that Mother Nature can be a fierce adversary.

-- "Booklist"

The author's prose is jaunty, lively, and filled with references to contemporary cultural history, making this work a well-researched page-turner. Readers will get an intense dose of history, written in a not-hard-to-swallow style.

-- "Library Journal"

Wright...adopts a lighthearted delivering sociologically oriented descriptions of history's greatest epidemics...Wright urges readers to heed history's lessons and to be thankful for vaccines, hygiene, and antibiotics.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

Wright has done her homework...Wright has covered a lot of medical territory with good information.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

Jennifer has a rare ability to make history funny, titillating, and relevant...Her passion and enthusiasm jumps off the page and makes...Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them, a most compelling and important read.

-- "Lit Up"

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A witty, irreverent tour of history's worst plagues-from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio-and a celebration of the heroes who fought them

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 36214 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1 edition (7 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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