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When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS Hardcover – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060258543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060258542
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The devastating spread of three epidemic diseases, and the many responses they have evoked, are ably and insightfully covered in this illuminating book. Discussing the bubonic plague that killed about half the population of 14th-century Europe and smallpox epidemics that ravaged, among other sites, ancient China and the Americas during the Age of Exploration, Giblin (Chimney Sweeps) sets the stage for the final section, devoted to AIDS. The parallels between contemporaneous attitudes toward victims of the Black Death or smallpox and the hostility often shown to people with AIDS or HIV emerge clearly, but are not overemphasized. After giving an overview of medieval (and obviously erroneous) explanations for the spread of the Black Death, for example, Giblin reports on the often callous treatment of the sick and?chillingly?on the persecution of those who were blamed for it (e.g., the Jews of Germany). His lessons that ignorance and fear lead to cruelty establish the tone for the AIDS section, where he skillfully outlines the reactions of politicians, health officials and gay activists to the gradual discovery of the AIDS virus. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up?While the Black Death, smallpox, and AIDS may seem to have little in common, Giblin draws parallels between them that are both striking and fascinating. The Black Death was often blamed on Jews, leading to hatred, mistrust, and violence against them. In much the same way, many people have blamed AIDS on homosexuals. The author's tracing of the medical community's fearful and confused reactions to these diseases and his portrayal of the infighting among AIDS researchers are certainly eye-opening. Overall, the text is brutally matter-of-fact. The medical terms are clearly explained and Giblin moves deftly from one historical highlight to another, touching briefly, yet thoroughly, on the major events that make up the history of each disease. This is a book that would serve YAs well for reports, but it is also a fascinating read.?Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Well organized and informative.
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The book was Great i think it wasintresting to.the book was truthful.
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As a high school senior I found this book a great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.J.M. on January 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book in 6th grade when I randomly picked it up from the new books section of the library. Up to that point I was never interested in anything medical, but this book inspired me to look in that direction. I was absolutely fascinated, from learning about the actually biology behind the plagues, to disease's influence on history.

Fast forward 8 years, and I'm abouto start college and work towords a Pre Med degree. I am so happy I found something I'm passionate about, and am so thankful I found this book when I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am currently writing a term paper comparing Aids to the Black Plague and I have found his book to be a great deal of help. I recomend this book to anyone interested in Science or the tragedies caused by diseases. This is definately one of the best books I've ever read. This book really opened my eyes and showed me how quickly a life can be taken away because of an illness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was in the sixth grade. While I read it for fun, it was also useful later in the year for school. Being an avid disease book reader, this is one of the best. It could have gone in to a tiny bit more detail on the the symptoms, but then again some people can't handle that much anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be useful for my specific topic: the social reactions of the populace to disease scares, although it would probably not fulfil the expexctations of someone looking to read only on one of the subjects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy 62 on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is actually a really great book. As a high school senior I found this book a great read. It does have an easier reading style, so it is not an advanced book but the book is surely not limited to younger generations. It is packed full of information and is great for anybody who is interesting in such a topic. I was actually surprised when I read these reviews and found out that many of the pople who read it were middle schoolers. I enjoyed it and I'm a High School senior who reads college textbooks for fun =).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Notin' on October 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a 7th grader this book really helped understand a little more about the black death, small pox and AIDS. It doesnt go into much detail, but gives you a general feel.
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