"Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways" addresses the global demographic trend of this century: the massive expansion in the developing world due to global health. However, this growth is not likely to be matched by accompanying social and economic development which will likely result in massive upheavals in the poor megacities and refugee camps of tomorrow. This book deals with a critical global trend of tomorrow.
Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the story of its decline. For the first time in recorded history, virus, bacteria, and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many children in the hopes that some might survive. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities, and governance that occurred with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago. There have also been unintended consequences. In this book, Thomas Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.
David Sherr, Library Leader
This is David's first summer read recommendation!