Dawson, A. “Hannibal and Chemical Warfare.”The Classical Journal 63, no. 3 (Dec., 1967): 117-125. Explores the possibility that Hannibal may have used chemical weapons several times in combat.
De Kruif, Paul. Microbe Hunters. New York: Harcourt, Brace and company, 1926. A classic, still in print after nearly 85 years, with detailed and highly personal biographies of twelve great men who dedicated their lives to unraveling the mysteries of the microscopic world. Highly recommended.
Defoe, Daniel. Journal of the Plague Year. Oxford World Classics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. The classic contemporary account of the Black Death’s rampage though 17th Century London.
Despommier, Dickson D.West Nile Story. New York, NY: Apple Trees Productions, 2001. Describes the search for West Nile virus in New York City at the turn of the century, weaving together the roles of biology, politics, and human behavior in the spread of emergent diseases.