Non Fiction

The Atlas of … (Two books)

I have been saving this review for a day when I do not have any ready reviews and do feel like posting something and contributing to improving my dismal feedback percentage on NetGalley. I received both these books originally as advance review copies thanks to the publishers and NetGalley but I was unable to read them in the time allotted to me with them. The little I saw fascinated me enough to actually purchase the books from Book Depository. I excused my purchase mostly because these books have timeless information and I managed to squeeze them somehow into our cramped bookshelves.I put them together because they have the similar name and they can be described together.Also, for once I am reviewing books I own ao I decided to use pictures I took of them, instead of the cover pages that I usually do. random note:The pages smell so amazing(still have the new book smell)!

The first book I am reviewing is:

The Atlas of Disease by Sandra Hempel


I have always been the sort of person who keeps nuggets of random information with me to use as conversation fillers and maybe for people to think I am wacky enough to start an interesting conversation with. I know disease is not necessarily an appropriate conversation starter, but this book covers the most fascinating of details.This is not a book for the faint of heart. It has historical references, social contexts, the timeline of diseases and how it ran rampant across the globe. There are even pictures of old pamphlets that were circulated during some particular phases as well as pictures of the people suffering. It has a lot of information which is heavy,that it is the kind of book that you keep on a shelf and take it down at any time there is a lull in your life in order to enhance your understanding of how far human society has come in the modern world(and not preferably read at a go). This is, in no uncertain terms an encyclopedia with all that you can ever want to know about diseases. I am usually queasy about details which are not ‘happy’ but this is very educative and dealt in that manner making it worth the time spent in reading it.

Affiliated link to purchase: Book Depository

Atlas of the Unexpected by Travis Elborough, Martin Brown (Maps)


This is a slightly different book than the previous one, though the underlying fact remains that it has bits of random facts that would hook most people to its pages. There is not much of an order in which the information is revealed to us, but is segregated into broad topics based on the discovery itself(this was slightly ambiguous but the rest of the content made me forget that fact, they seemed almost irrelevant).

There are a few stories mentioned here that I have come across in passing over the years but now had a chance to know a more detailed account. I am sure there were many more places that could have been featured in this, but the focus was on the most prominent of those across the world. There are very detailed maps, a sort of timeline and even the geographic coordinates for those thus inclined. It is another book that can grace your shelf for years to come and will continue to see daily use because it can not all be read in one go and needs to be savoured and discussed (preferably animatedly) in bits and pieces.

Affiliated link to purchase: Book Depository

3 thoughts on “The Atlas of … (Two books)”

  1. Both of these sound fascinating! I have such a love-hate relationship with scary medical/disease stories. I’m so intrigued but also terrified and repelled by them! I would love to page through these, will have to be on the lookout for them. Thanks for the insights into them!

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