The Go-To Guy on Swine Flu

Talk about timing. Philip Alcabes’s book Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu came out just two weeks ago.

He appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last Wednesday, before the swine flu stories hit the news.

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Since the news broke, his appearance schedule has speeded up:

Stories by Alcabes are scheduled to appear soon in the Wall street Journal later this week or early next week, in the Washington Post, and in The Nation.

The book received a starred review on Publishers Weekly.com last month (review only on the Web).

It appears that few libraries have ordered it.

Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu
Philip Alcabes
Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: PublicAffairs – (2009-04-13)
ISBN-10: 1586486187
ISBN-13: 9781586486181

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