The best 21 Pandemic books

During these unprecedented times, the topic of pandemics has gained significant relevance in understanding global health crises and their impacts on society. To aid in grasping the complexities of this critical subject, we've compiled a curated list of insightful books delving into various aspects of pandemics without overwhelming you with information overload.Explore our collection to gain valuable perspectives, deepen your knowledge, and stay informed about pandemics. Ready to unravel the intricacies of these unprecedented challenges and broaden your comprehension of their far-reaching consequences? Start exploring now!

The best 21 Pandemic books
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Pandemic Books: On Immunity by Eula Biss

On Immunity

Eula Biss
An Inoculation
3.2 (52 ratings)
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What's On Immunity about?

Being afraid that vaccinating our children creates more harm than good isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s a fear informed by numerous cultural narratives. On Immunity looks at the different historical myths and metaphors in the vaccination debate, and presents statistics on vaccination’s effects.

Who should read On Immunity?

  • Parents who are unsure whether or not to vaccinate their child
  • Anyone who is interested in the cultural history of vaccination
  • Anyone who’s heard Jenny McCarthy say that vaccinations are dangerous

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Pandemic Books: Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser

Missing Microbes

Martin Blaser
How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
4.2 (42 ratings)
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What's Missing Microbes about?

Missing Microbes (2014) explores the strange and microscopic world inside your guts. It sheds light on the crucial role played by microbes – tiny creatures that keep your body happy and healthy – and explains the dangers of overusing antibiotics.

Who should read Missing Microbes?

  • People curious about the dangers of antibiotics
  • Parents concerned about their children’s health
  • Readers interested in medicine and health

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Pandemic Books: Eradication by Nancy Leys Stepan

Eradication

Nancy Leys Stepan
Ridding the World of Diseases Forever
3.8 (9 ratings)
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What's Eradication about?

Eradication (2011) is about the health community’s attempts to eradicate certain diseases from the face of the planet. These blinks trace the history of disease eradication, its successes and failures, and the complicated political issues it raises.

Who should read Eradication?

  • Students of medicine or public health
  • Anyone interested in the eradication of disease

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Pandemic Books: Immunity  by William E. Paul

Immunity

William E. Paul
The importance of our immune system
4.2 (42 ratings)
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What's Immunity about?

Immunity (2015) is a guide to that great defender of the human body, otherwise known as the immune system. It gives a detailed explanation of how immune responses defend us against all manner of diseases, even cancers, and how a dysfunctional immune system can spell big trouble.

Who should read Immunity ?

  • Physicians, chemists and biologists
  • Anyone who has ever been sick
  • Students of medicine

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Pandemic Books: Pandemic by Sonia Shah

Pandemic

Sonia Shah
Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond
4.4 (105 ratings)
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What's Pandemic about?

Pandemic (2016) explores the fascinating world of pathogens and diseases and how they can spread from a bat in China to five other continents in a single day. How do these diseases evolve, and how does modern society help contribute to their success? And most importantly: what can we do to stop the next pandemic?

Who should read Pandemic?

  • People concerned about the next pandemic
  • Readers who want to know how pathogens develop
  • Medical students interested in preventing diseases

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Pandemic Books: A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer

A Planet of Viruses

Carl Zimmer
4.4 (81 ratings)
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What's A Planet of Viruses about?

A Planet of Viruses (2011) takes you on a whirlwind tour into the hidden world of viruses. You’ll discover how our understanding of these tiny, abundant organisms has evolved over time and how our lives are influenced by them, from their power to kill to their protective properties.

Who should read A Planet of Viruses?

  • Anyone curious about where diseases come from
  • Anyone interested in biology
  • Anyone interested in the science behind medical treatments of viruses

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Pandemic Books: The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol

The Patient Will See You Now

Eric Topol
The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands
4.1 (55 ratings)
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What's The Patient Will See You Now about?

The medical world is on the brink of a revolution thanks to new and future technology like Big Data health maps and bacteria scanners that can attach to smartphones. Power is shifting from the doctor to the patient, and self-treatment and self-diagnoses are becoming unprecedentedly powerful. The Patient Will See You Now (2015) outlines these changes and what they mean for both you and the healthcare world.

Who should read The Patient Will See You Now?

  • Medical students
  • People who suffer from a chronic disease
  • Anyone curious about the future of medicine

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Pandemic Books: Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman

Super Immunity

Joel Fuhrman
The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger and Disease Free
4.0 (300 ratings)
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What's Super Immunity about?

Super Immunity (2011) reveals the secret to a better, stronger immune system and healthier body: superfoods. These blinks shed light on the shortcomings of modern medicine and teach you how to take advantage of the healing powers of plant foods rich in nutrients and phytochemicals.

Who should read Super Immunity?

  • People tired of suffering from colds and flu
  • Individuals interested in alternatives to antibiotics and prescription medicine
  • Anybody keen on boosting their health the natural way

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Pandemic Books: Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright

Get Well Soon

Jennifer Wright
History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
4.0 (32 ratings)
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What's Get Well Soon about?

Get Well Soon (2017) tells the story of the diseases and epidemics that have plagued humans from the distant past right up to the twentieth century, detailing the theories that people once had about certain diseases and how to treat them. There’s room in the story too for the heroes who made breakthroughs in the treatment and prevention of diseases, or who helped sufferers when others shunned them.  

Who should read Get Well Soon?

  • Students of history and the history of medicine
  • Anyone interested in public health
  • Medics in need of quirky anecdotes for dinner parties

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Pandemic Books: Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston

Crisis in the Red Zone

Richard Preston
The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come
4.6 (36 ratings)
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What's Crisis in the Red Zone about?

Crisis in the Red Zone (2019) presents an engrossing account from the front lines of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. From the first infected patient through the many lives claimed before the crisis was resolved, this is a tragic and hopeful story of what happens when a hidden and dangerous virus reveals itself.

Who should read Crisis in the Red Zone?

  • Anyone curious about the Ebola virus
  • Those interested in epidemiology and virology
  • Fans of real-life heroism and sacrifice

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Pandemic Books: An Elegant Defense by Matt Richtel

An Elegant Defense

Matt Richtel
The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives
4.5 (128 ratings)
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What's An Elegant Defense about?

An Elegant Defense (2019) is an erudite and approachable exploration of the immune system. Using the difficult story of a dear friend as a starting point, author Matt Richtel leads the reader through a mind-boggling tour of one of the world’s most complex systems – what he calls our “elegant defense.”

Who should read An Elegant Defense?

  • Curious readers wondering how the immune system works
  • Students of immunology
  • People seeking better health

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Pandemic Books: The Beautiful Cure by Daniel M. Davis

The Beautiful Cure

Daniel M. Davis
The Revolution in Immunology and What it Means for Your Health
4.5 (62 ratings)
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What's The Beautiful Cure about?

The Beautiful Cure (2018) is an exuberant tale of how scientists have come to a deeper understanding of the human immune system – and the ways in which their discoveries will revolutionize our health. The immune system is extraordinarily complex. But if we can use our knowledge to harness its power, we may finally win the fight against diseases and illnesses like arthritis, HIV, and even cancer. 

Who should read The Beautiful Cure?

  • Health nuts who want to understand the body’s natural defense system
  • People who have a chronic illness or know someone who has one
  • Medical students and anyone interested in human biology

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Pandemic Books: The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

The Great Influenza

John M. Barry
The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
4.6 (131 ratings)
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What's The Great Influenza about?

The Great Influenza (2004) is the authoritative history of the 1918 influenza pandemic, estimated to have killed 5 percent of the world’s total human population. Author John M. Barry examines the scientific, social, and political context of the pandemic, questioning the extent to which human error and willful ignorance worsened the terrible consequences of the disease. Coming right on the heels of World War I, the pandemic changed the course of history in ways too numerous, and impactful, to fully reckon with – until now.   

Who should read The Great Influenza?

  • Biology students
  • Anyone interested in how a disease outbreak can impact geopolitics
  • People curious about the social history of the twentieth century
  • Anyone interested in biology and the human body

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Pandemic Books: Deadliest Enemy by Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker

Deadliest Enemy

Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker
Our War Against Killer Germs
4.5 (62 ratings)
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What's Deadliest Enemy about?

Deadliest Enemy (2017) is a sobering warning about the serious threat that infectious diseases pose to modern life. Using examples like Ebola, SARS, and Zika, this arresting primer on epidemiology spells out how diseases emerge, spread, and become pandemics. 

Who should read Deadliest Enemy?

  • Germaphobes looking to confirm their biggest fears
  • Policymakers with an eye on public health
  • Anyone concerned about the latest global pandemic

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Pandemic Books: Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang

Wuhan Diary

Fang Fang
Dispatches from a Quarantined City
4.0 (55 ratings)
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What's Wuhan Diary about?

Wuhan Diary (2020) is a collection of online essays by celebrated Chinese writer Fang Fang. They were published daily throughout Wuhan’s 76-day coronavirus lockdown. A fascinating and intimate report from the frontline, this diary chronicles the very beginnings of the pandemic that soon swept the world.

Who should read Wuhan Diary?

  • People interested in Chinese culture and politics
  • Those who enjoy eyewitness accounts of major world events
  • Anyone curious about the origins of COVID-19

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Pandemic Books: Post Corona by Scott Galloway

Post Corona

Scott Galloway
From Crisis to Opportunity
4.0 (105 ratings)
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What's Post Corona about?

Post Corona (2020) is a ruthless analysis of how the COVID-19 outbreak has reshaped our world. This survey of the post-pandemic business landscape shows who’s benefited and who’s been harmed by the virus.

Who should read Post Corona?

  • Investors looking for solid financial advice
  • Entrepreneurs navigating the newly unstable business environment
  • Anyone trying to understand the post-pandemic world

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Pandemic Books: American Crisis by Andrew M. Cuomo

American Crisis

Andrew M. Cuomo
Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
3.6 (25 ratings)
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What's American Crisis about?

American Crisis (2020) is a candid retelling of how Governor Andrew Cuomo managed the COVID-19 crisis in one of the worst affected states in America: New York. It reveals the steps Cuomo took to steer New York through the early days of the pandemic in a country run by a president Cuomo sees as incapable of leadership. It also shows how real leadership requires honesty and transparency, clear communication, and compassion for others.

Who should read American Crisis?

  • Anyone interested in American politics 
  • Leaders of organizations who want to learn about crisis management
  • Those curious about how New York has fared throughout the crisis

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Pandemic Books: COVID-19: The Great Reset by Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret

COVID-19: The Great Reset

Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret
3.6 (252 ratings)
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What's COVID-19: The Great Reset about?

What’s it about?

COVID-19: The Great Reset (2020) is a compendium of predictions and prognoses. It offers forecasts for how the global economy may change in the wake of the coronavirus crisis – as well as suggestions for how it should change.

Who should read COVID-19: The Great Reset?

Who’s it for?

  • Economics enthusiasts wondering what’s going to happen next
  • Students of international relations grappling with the big questions of today
  • Anyone attempting to come to terms with the pandemic

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Pandemic Books: Apollo’s Arrow by Nicholas A. Christakis

Apollo’s Arrow

Nicholas A. Christakis
The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
3.6 (71 ratings)
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What's Apollo’s Arrow about?

Apollo’s Arrow (2020) is an illuminating and timely overview of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Backed by rigorous research, this account examines the origins of the virus and the implications it has for society going forward.

Who should read Apollo’s Arrow?

  • Amateur scientists wishing to understand the coronavirus
  • Engaged citizens concerned with the future of society
  • Anyone who is or has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

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Pandemic Books: How to Prevent the Next Pandemic by Bill Gates

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Bill Gates
3.8 (246 ratings)
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What's How to Prevent the Next Pandemic about?

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic (2022) is a blueprint for the international pandemic prevention plan the world sorely needs. Learning from the mistakes of the Covid 19 pandemic, Gates lays down a series of steps governments need to take if we’re to protect ourselves and ensure another global health catastrophe of this scale never happens again.

Who should read How to Prevent the Next Pandemic?

  • Casual science readers with an interest in epidemiology
  • Business leaders and philanthropists looking for good places to invest
  • Anyone who doesn’t want to live through another Covid 19

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Pandemic Books: The Future of the Office by Peter Cappelli

The Future of the Office

Peter Cappelli
Work from Home, Remote Work, and the Hard Choices We All Face
3.9 (157 ratings)
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What's The Future of the Office about?

The Future of the Office (2021) takes an analytical look at the current state of the traditional working office and what recent changes and developments may mean for the future. Drawing on research, anecdotes, and case studies of businesses responding to the global pandemic, it highlights the unique and exciting opportunities that we now have to fundamentally change the nature of where and how we work.

Who should read The Future of the Office?

  • White-collar workers wondering if the shift to working from home is here to stay
  • Managers considering the pros and cons of changing up the traditional office environment
  • Big thinkers who want to see how one of the fundamental aspects of our work lives has been brought down by the global pandemic

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 FAQs 

What's the best Pandemic book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard On Immunity as the ultimate read on Pandemic.

What are the Top 10 Pandemic books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • On Immunity by Eula Biss
  • Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser
  • Eradication by Nancy Leys Stepan
  • Immunity by William E. Paul
  • Pandemic by Sonia Shah
  • A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer
  • The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol
  • Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman
  • Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright
  • Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston

Who are the top Pandemic book authors?

When it comes to Pandemic, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Eula Biss
  • Martin Blaser
  • Nancy Leys Stepan
  • William E. Paul
  • Sonia Shah