John Kelly: "The Great Mortality" (HarperCollins)
The Black Death killed a third of the known global population in the middle of the 14th century. A writer specializing in science and medicine draws on first-hand accounts to paint an intimate portrait of the greatest natural disaster to afflict humanity. He looks at new theories claiming the outbreak was not bubonic plague, but perhaps anthrax or a disease like Ebola.
author or coauthor of nine previous books, including "Three on the Edge: The Story of Ordinary Families in Search of a Medical Miracle."