A Planet of Viruses

A Planet of Viruses - Carl Zimmer Short, but interesting. Not too technical. This book would probably make a good, very basic, introductory text on the subject of viruses. The book briefly discusses the official discovery of viruses, the tobacco mosaic virus, the common cold, flu, papillomavirus and the jackalope, bacteriophages and their use in medicine, retroviruses, HIV, West Nile Virus, SARS, Ebola, smallpox and the "giant' mimivirus.

If you liked this book or want something more in-depth I recommend "Spillover" by David Quammen. Spillover covers some of these topics in more detail (e.g. flu, SARS, HIV, Eboloa) but doesn't mention everything covered in "A Planet of Viruses" (e.g. bacteriophages, papillomavirus, mimivirus).