David P. Clark – Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today


The stunning, hidden interconnections between microbes and humanity.

AD 452: Attila the Hun stands ready to sack Rome. No one can stop him – but he walks away. A miracle? No… dysentery. Microbes saved the Roman Empire. Nearly a millennium later, the microbes of the Black Death ended the Middle Ages, making possible the Renaissance, Western democracy, and the scientific revolution. Soon after, microbes ravaged the Americas, paving the way for their European conquest.

Again and again, microbes have shaped our health, our genetics, our history, our culture, our politics, even our religion and ethics. This book reveals much that scientists and cultural historians have learned about the pervasive interconnections between infectious microbes and humans. It also considers what our ongoing fundamental relationship with infectious microbes might mean for the future of the human species.

Author: David P. Clark
Narrator: Summer McStravick
Duration: 8 hours 6 minutes
Released: 11 Sep 2012
Publisher: Pearson
Language: English

User Review:

precedent unqualified

The content of this book is clear, though there are too many subchapters. The narration, on the other hand, was inappropriate juvenile. Summer McStravick has the most sing-song voice, and while this would be patronizing and annoying with any audiobook, it is truly inappropriate for reading a book on epidemics and mass death. I could hear her smiling as she says phrases like, “And so cholera killed millions on both coasts.”

This material is more adequately covered in other audiobooks, and better narrated as well.