Barnett, Tony and Alan Whiteside. AIDS in the Twenty-First Century : Disease and Globalization. 2nd ed. Basingstoke England ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. One of the most important books on the subject of AIDS, authoritative, comprehensive, and sobering. Considers the social and economic effects of the disease, especially in Africa, and what can be done to combat it. An invaluable reference for anyone in business or public affairs.
Barry, John M. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. New York: Viking, 2004. Next to Crosby, the best general introduction to the flu. Scholarly, well written, it tells the story of the flu in part through the lives of the key researchers involved in fighting the epidemic. Includes a detailed account of the origins of our modern system of medical education.