Nicholas Bakalar, Where the Germs Are: A Scientific Safari. New York: Wiley, 2003. A vivid description of microbes encountered in everyday life.
Wayne Biddle, A Field Guide to Germs. New York: Holt, 1995. Short excerpts that describe the natural history of the microbes that cause disease.
William M. Bowsky, The Black Death: A Turning Point in History? New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1971. Discusses the effect that the bubonic plague had on human civilization.
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything. New York: Broadway, 2003. An entertaining compilation that includes one chapter on the power of microbes.
Paul De Kruif, Microbe Hunters. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1953. A collection of short biographies of famous and not-so-famous microbiologists.
Bernard Dixon, Magnificent Microbes: An Astonishing Look Inside the Microscopic World of Man's Invisible Allies. New York: Atheneum, 1976. A classic edition in microbiology that is written in layman's terms by a trained microbiologist.
——, Power Unseen: How Microbes Rule the World. Oxford: Freeman, 1994. A portrait gallery of seventy-five microbes and their characteristic behaviors.
David B. Dusenbery, Life at Small Scale: The Behavior of Microbes. New York: Scientific American Library, 1996. A comprehensive and technical book on bacteria and viruses.
The Guinness Book of World Records. Stamford, CT: Guiness Media, 1998. This book contains records such as "World's Largest Virus" that are interesting and sometimes obscure.
Brent Hoff and Carter Smith, Mapping Epidemics: A Historical Atlas of Disease. New York: Franklin Watts, 2000. A fact-filled atlas of diseases throughout history.
Arno Karlen, Man and Microbes: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times. New York: Putnam's, 1995. Recounts man's and microbes' history from the first recorded encounter to the present day.
David M. Locke, Viruses: The Smallest Enemy. New York: Crown, 1974. This is an older book, but it effectively highlights the early discoveries in viral research.
Pete Moore, Killer Germs: Rogue Diseases of the Twenty-first Century. London: Carlton, 2001. An eye-opening account of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, emergent diseases, and bioterrorism.
Cynthia Needham, Mahlon Hoagland, Kenneth McPherson, and Bert Dodson, Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth. Washington, DC: ASM, 2000. A printed version of a National Science Foundation television documentary of microbes' role on Earth.
J. William Schopf, Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earth's Earliest Fossils. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999. An account of the discovery of the earliest fossils of bacteria found in Australia.
Michael Shnayerson and Mark J. Plotkin, The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria. Boston: Little, Brown, 2002. A narrative account of doctors and research scientists who encounter and battle drug-resistant bacteria.
Jack Uldrich and Deb Newberry, The Next Big Thing Is Really Small. New York: Crown Business, 2002. An introduction to nanotechnology and its impact on industry.
Michael Barletta, "Keeping Track of Anthrax," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , May/June 2002.
Robert S. Boyd, "Despite Bad Reputation, Bacteria Are Vital to Life," Buffalo News , June 22, 2003.
David Brown, "Stopping a Scourge," Smithsonian , September 2003.
Richard P. Feynman, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," Engineering & Science , February 1960.
Jessica Gorman, "Microbial Materials," Science News , July 5, 2003.
Stephen S. Hall, "On the Trail of the West Nile Virus," Smithsonian , July 2003.
Claudia Kalb, "The Mystery of SARS," Newsweek , May 5, 2003.
Michael Lemonick and Alice Park, "The Truth About SARS," Time , May 5, 2003.
Anita Manning, "USA's Disease Detectives Track Epidemics Worldwide," USA Today , July 25, 2001.
Marilynn Marchione, "Exotic Diseases Hit Home," Buffalo News , June 22, 2003.
Nancy Shute, "SARS Hits Home," U.S. News & World Report , May 5, 2003.
Rebecca Skloot, "Angela Belcher," Popular Science , November 2002.
John Travis, "Gut Check: The Bacteria in Your Intestines Are Welcome Guests," Science News , May 31, 2003.
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, "Microbial Genomics Research," 2003.
Terry Devitt, "Study of Microbes May Hone Predictions of Mining Impact," News @ UW-Madison , 2000. www.news.wisc.edu.
Daniel W. Drell, Anna Palmisano, and Marvin E. Frazier, "Microbial Genomes: An Information Base for 21st Century Microbiology," U.S. Department of Energy, 2000. www.sc.doe.gov.
History Learning Site, "Medicine in Ancient Rome," 2002. www.historylearningsite.co.uk.
Mark Horstman, "Bizarre Giant Virus Rewrites the Record Books," News in Science , March 31, 2003. www.abc.net.au.
Jennifer F. Hughes and John M. Coffin, "The Origin and the Sickening of Our Species," Popular Science , December 2001. www.popsci.com.
Jenner Museum, "The Final Conquest of the Speckled Monster," 2003. www.jennermuseum.com.
Rossella Lorenzi, "Bacteria Restores Ancient Italian Frescoes," Discovery News.com , June 20, 2003. http://dsc.discovery.com.
Warnar Moll, "Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Delft Biography," 2003. www.eronet.nl.
Purdue News , "Munching Microbes Make a Meal out of Toxic Substances," April 1997. www.purdue.edu.
Rosalind Schrempf, "World's Toughest Bacterium Has a Taste for Waste," http://pnl.gov.
Seattle Times , "Therapy Uses Viruses as Natural Antibiotics," June 17, 2003. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com.
Deborah Smith, "Starting Small: Scientist Uses Viruses as Building Blocks for New Technology," SMH.com.au, 2003. www.smh.com.au.
Kathy A. Svitil, "Did Viruses Make Us Human?" Discover , November 2002. www.discover.com.
U.S. Geological Survey, "Bioremediation: Nature's Way to a Cleaner Environment," 2002. http://water.usgs.gov.