Book Review: Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
Author: Nicholas A. Christakis
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company/Little Brown Spark
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Review Date: October 23, 2020
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the blurb:
"A piercing and scientifically grounded look at the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic and how it will change the way we live - "this year's must-must-read." (Daniel Gilbert)
Apollo's Arrow offers a riveting account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it swept through American society in 2020, and of how the recovery will unfold in the coming years. Drawing on momentous (yet dimly remembered) historical epidemics, contemporary analyses, and cutting-edge research from a range of scientific disciplines, bestselling author, physician, sociologist, and public health expert Nicholas A. Christakis explores what it means to live in a time of plague - an experience that is paradoxically uncommon to the vast majority of humans who are alive, yet deeply fundamental to our species.
Unleashing new divisions in our society as well as opportunities for cooperation, this 21st-century pandemic has upended our lives in ways that will test, but not vanquish, our already frayed collective culture. Featuring new, provocative arguments and vivid examples ranging across medicine, history, sociology, epidemiology, data science, and genetics, Apollo's Arrow envisions what happens when the great force of a deadly germ meets the enduring reality of our evolved social nature.
This is the best, most thorough book I've read so far about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is pure science from a scientist, not speculation. He explains exactly how the pandemic started, and brings in the history of past plagues, including how this pandemic will eventually end.
You must have a scientific mind to enjoy reading this, because it is extremely detailed and very fascinating. I give this book 5 Stars. Highly recommended.
Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for allowing me access to this book, and best of luck to Dr. Christakis.
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