A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer
(University of Chicago Press, 2011, 109 pages)
A friend brought back this copy from ALA for me. Having read and enjoyed other books by Zimmer, I immediately put this one on my to-read list. It was a quick read, easy and enjoyable. The book consists of short essays, a bibliography and an index. It’s an excellent introduction to viruses living within us and on our planet. Zimmer does a great job on making the book accessible. He helps readers to understand viruses and their impacts through interesting and sometimes scandalous stories. He also incorporates many new research findings and developments in microbiology and medical fields. I enjoyed reading the chapters on the flu, HIV and SARS as well as little-known viruses in the oceans. Actually, I liked the chapter on marine phages the most. If you are into science and want to learn some amazing facts on viruses, this is the book for you.