In light of everything happening in the world, this book is a must. For months, I've been searching for a book to help me better understand the fundamental concepts of pandemics. Everything I found focused either on COVID-19 or was too technical. This book offers a practical and extensive explanation of the topic. From China's wet markets to New York, Delhi and Port-au-Prince, Shah takes us on a straightforward journey to inform and make us think about pandemics as a consequence of human activity. This is accomplished with brio.