Thomas J. Bollyky
Plagues and the Paradox of Progress
Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways
MIT Press, 2018
Plagues and parasites have a central role in world affairs – shaping nations and their economies.
Thomas J. Bollyky, director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, details the battle against infectious diseases in this fascinating look at history through the lens of microorganisms. He examines the societal influence of major infectious diseases through in-depth case histories. Bollyky explains that contagions still present grave challenges around the world, and suggests ways that governments and citizens can take meaningful action. Readers who enjoyed Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel will find compelling insights here – at least about germs – and anyone with an interest in the historic evolution of public health policy will also be intrigued.
About the Author
Thomas J. Bollyky, JD, is the director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University.
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