Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live

Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live

A piercing and scientifically grounded look at the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic and how it will change the way we live — "excellent and timely." (The New Yorker)
 
Apollo's Arrow offers a riveting account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it swept through American society in 2020, and of how the recovery will unfold in the coming years. Drawing on momentous (yet dimly remembered) historical epidemics, contemporary analyses, and cutting-edge research from a range of scientific disciplines, bestselling author, physician, sociologist, and public health expert Nicholas A. Christakis explores what it means to live in a time of plague — an experience that is paradoxically uncommon to the vast majority of humans who are alive, yet deeply fundamental to our species.

Unleashing new divisions in our society as well as opportunities for cooperation, this 21st-century pandemic has upended our lives in ways that will test, but not vanquish, our already frayed collective culture. Featuring new, provocative arguments and vivid examples ranging across medicine, history, sociology, epidemiology, data science, and genetics, Apollo's Arrow envisions what happens when the great force of a deadly germ meets the enduring reality of our evolved social nature.

Title:Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
ISBN:9780316628211
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    Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live Reviews

  • Ryan Boissonneault

    The COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the most important and disruptive global event—in terms of impact on health, the political economy, and culture—of the twenty-first century. Understanding the det...

  • Garret Macko

    "I should read that" remarks (11/19):Listened to this author speak during a PBS NewsHour interview—brilliant insights.Review (12/19):As I noted at the offset of this book, I learned of it after hear...

  • Rennie

    “But blind hope is a fickle companion for our woe. It is not enough. Still, by forcing our gaze to the future, hope can serve another purpose: it can motivate us to prepare.Microbes have shaped our ...

  • Bryan Alexander

    A solid history of COVID-19, this should be a reliable account for years to come.Christakis explains the biology and epidemiology clearly. He begins by introducing coronaviruses and how they work, usi...

  • Dramatika

    Didn’t learn anything new from this, an ok summary of the latest pandemic focusing on US. Sweden did the best but the author too stubborn to accept this. The second wave proves that there is very li...

  • Shari Suarez

    It might seem strange to read about Covid-19 when we're in the throes of the pandemic but this book takes a look at many aspects of the virus without panic. There is urgency, of course but no panic.Th...

  • Elaine

    The downside of bringing out a book mid-Pandemic is that its bound to be dated by the time of publication. And much of what Christakis recounts will be familiar to those (like me) who have been obsess...

  • Marks54

    This is perhaps the best single book available at present on the COVID-19/SARS-2 pandemic. Its publication date is listed as October 2020, which means it covers events through last summer and so does ...

  • Shaun Deane

    Well written, researched and produced but not much to learn if you follow the news, daily - a few suggestions and a tick box confirmation that "I haven't missed anything." The subtitle does not hold u...

  • Rose

    In times of great uncertainty, I typically run to experts to learn as much as a I can. Here it is about the effects of a pandemic and how they work, the effects on society, our health long term and ou...