Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus - Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy An interesting cultural history that strays into academic mush too often, and while it clocked in at just under 300 pages, at least 200 of those pages were unnecessary. The introduction and the last three chapters are fascinating stuff, but would have made for a better magazine series of articles as opposed to a published book. While I learned some information, little of it felt like information I could carry to other sources, and the chapter on Pasteur and his developments of vaccinations did not feel as fascinating as they should have been. In the hands of a better science writer, 'Rabid' might have been a chilling read; instead, it veers between fascination and dull, and dull is never something that a popular science book should be.