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Its interesting, but somewhat wandering. The book is more about a specific period of time than it is the plague and Justinian. It is certainly an impressive amount of scholarship on the late Roman Empire, but reads like several sections of several other books that have been brought together. It's not quite a biography of Justinian. It's not quite a history of the plague and its implications. Its not quite a history of the Eastern Roman Empire's battles with the Goths, Persians, or nascent Islam. Though well-written and readable, it overall lacks focus and coherence that one would expect given its title and cover blurb.  

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I was somehow surprised by this book. I didn't expect to read even about the way a little organism like a bacteria gets to propagate from a flea to a rat an then to a human being.
All this while reading about Justinian's reign and roman history.

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I have been putting off reading this since August 15, 2015 (or so), because I wanted a little more coverage of the Roman Empire (and I don't currently have Gibbon in my library). I got that earlier ... Read full review

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