As many of you know, I read and comment here about avian influenza fairly often, and you also know that I like to review books as a way of staying in touch with the publishing world without resorting to a life of crime to support my book habit. So I was interested when the publicist at Thomas Dunne Books kindly offered to send a copy of their new book, The Bird Flu Pandemic: Can It Happen? Will It Happen? How to Protect Yourself and Your Family If It Does (Paperback) by Jeffrey Greene and Karen Moline (2006). I will not belabor my issues here because I truly dislike writing bad reviews, but I was very disappointed with this book. After I finished it, I decided that the authors did not invest as much time into writing this book as I have invested into preparing my tax return in an attempt to save myself a few measely pennies.
Using a question-and-answer format, the authors succeeded reasonably well at clearly presenting their points to people who might not know what a virus is, but I was not confident with the accuracy of this book; not only did the authors contradict themselves in several places but worse, pages 51-52 — where they discuss what is a bacteria? — were completely, totally wrong.
I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this book.