The Black Death
- The Pocket Essential Guide
- Narrated by: Peta Masters
- Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-19-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing
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By Sean on 11-30-09
Factual overview, little analysis
The book is essentially an accounting of how many people died in which countries during which years of the plague. Not much beyond that.
One can not expect tremendous depth in a "pocket guide" but this still felt very light on analysis and insight. The last chapter or two are devoted to discussion of why the plague was so bad, but even this is a mere cataloging of theories rather than an analysis. Theories like "maybe it wasn't bubonic plague" and "maybe it was a space virus from a meteor!" are presented on equal footing and treated with the same credibility.
It's a handy primer on the what, when and where of the plague, but you could get just about as much from Wikipedia.
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