If the twenty-first century seems an unlikely stage for the return
of a 14th-century killer, the authors of Return of the Black
Death argue that the plague, which vanquished half of Europe,
has only lain dormant, waiting to emerge again—perhaps, in another
form. At the heart of their chilling scenario is their contention
that the plague was spread by direct human contact (not from rat
fleas) and was, in fact, a virus perhaps similar to AIDS and... more...