Review – The Viral Storm

Posted December 21, 2017 by Nicky in Reviews / 2 Comments

Cover of The Viral StormThe Viral Storm, Nathan Wolfe

If you’re already familiar with pop science books about diseases, this isn’t really going to surprise you any. It’s competently written, though at times the statistics are a little off (as another reviewer pointed out). I don’t agree that he’s too unduly alarmist, though; our current environmental and social conditions are just about perfect for a pandemic (viral or otherwise) to sweep through the world’s population. If you doubt it, The Great Influenza by John M. Barry should disabuse you of that notion, rapidly. And our world is more interconnected now, not less.

I hoped that this might be a little more in depth, given Wolfe being a biologist and all, but there’s nothing that really elevates it above other pop science books available. It’s honestly rather forgettable.

Rating: 3/5

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2 responses to “Review – The Viral Storm

    • Unfortunately, I think sometimes the fact that these pandemics haven’t emerged so far is making people complacent. “Oh, swine flu was nothing, so I won’t believe the warnings next time…” But the reason swine flu wasn’t a problem was because we knew what we were doing to combat it!

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