Friday, April 01, 2005

New Book

I got a new book in the mail yesterday that I know several of you will find quite interesting. It's called The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly. The book begins in 1347 and traces the plague outbreak across Europe. It also examines theories about the cause of the plague including those of some scientists and historians who believe the Black Death was not bubonic plague but some other infectious illness similar to Ebola. This book looks delightfully gruesome. I think I will start reading it tonight.