Too often, even the most avid book lover forgets the joys of non-fiction. More specifically, we sometimes forget that science, when written in the right way, can be both approachable and fascinating for even the most resistant audience. Here are just a few great books bound to widen your horizons and teach you something new about the world we live in.
1. Virus Hunters of the CDC
For those who have read Richard Preston’s Hot Zone and enjoyed it, Virus Hunters of the CDC is the better, more scientifically accurate read. The book, by Doctors Joseph B. McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch, delves into their time working for the Center for Disease Control, and discusses fascinating viral diseases such as Lassa Fever and Ebola.
The novel offers insight into disease from the experience of both doctors, now married, who worked with various viruses in third world countries. Hot Zone is a good book for capturing the interest of the layman, and is easily understandable. For those looking for a slightly less dramatized but still fascinating glance into the strange and thrillingly brilliant functioning of deadly viral infections, consider McCormick and Hoch’s book.