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The Bookshelf: Dec. 20, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Inferno.

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INFERNO: A Doctor's Ebola Story

by Steven Hatch

An American doctor describes his experiences in Liberia during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic. Hatch first went to Liberia in November 2013 ... By the time the first confirmed cases of Ebola were registered in West Africa, Hatch had returned to his life and work in the United States. But he felt such obligation that eventually, after overcoming various bureaucratic hurdles, he returned to Liberia ... Hatch is a capable writer ... However, he has a tendency to extrapolate at length on issues that are likely to be of less interest to readers — those bureaucratic hurdles, for example. … Despite occasional long-windedness, Hatch’s analysis is intelligent, nuanced, and tempered, a necessary departure from the panicked response of most American media outlets.

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