Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
by Jennifer Wright
Published: February 2017
Each section dissects a disease that ravaged a populous and how society fought back, admirably or otherwise. My favorites were the Antonine Plague of the Roman Empire, the Black Death of the Middle Ages, Smallpox’s impact on Native (North and South) Americans, and the great American cover-up of the Spanish Flu. The only chapter that felt a bit out of place focused on lobotomies, but it was still interesting.
4.5 out of 5 stars: I personally enjoyed the running tongue-in-cheek commentary that accompanied historical context and topical musings but if you’re looking for a no-nonsense textbook of facts, this may not be for you. Each chapter has a built in moral lesson, but if you’re an anti-vaxxer or are especially sensitive to criticism of Reagan’s sense of humor you may not appreciate the sermons.