Book Launch

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways

Thomas Bollyky
Thomas Bollyky

Join us for a special launch event of the paperback edition of "Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways." The author will discuss some of the key findings of his new book and his recent research on the links between democracy and global health, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Professor Peter Piot (Director, LSHTM) will introduce and moderate the event.


About the book: 

For the first time in recorded history viruses, bacteria and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many children in the hope that some might survive. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities and governance that occurred with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago. There have also been unintended consequences. Whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains, depends on what we do next.


The Lancet called Bollyky's book a "sweeping, ambitious study," the Financial Times called it a “remarkable book,” and Nature praised it as a "thoughtful reminder of the social, economic and political complexities inherent in sustainable public health." The book has been featured on BBC World, CNN, NPR, and at events such as the Hay Festival and Oxford Literary Festival. Bill Gates has listed the book on the top of his reading list and Michael Bloomberg provided the cover endorsement: "Bollyky's book can help to save many lives."

About the speaker:  

Thomas J. Bollyky is the Director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. 



Tom will be signing copies of his book after his talk and these will be available for sale afterwards in the Manson Foyer which is on the ground floor.  They will be priced at £11 which is a 30% discount.  Payment will be by credit card only. 



This session will be live-streamed and recorded - accessible to both internal and external audience

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Please note that the ramp at our main entrance of our Keppel Street building will close from Saturday 5 October until Monday 18 November for essential repairs. An alternative accessible route for visitors with a disability and wheelchair users will be provided on Malet Street. There will be signage to guide you to this entrance.


Open to all, seats available on first come, first served basis.