There is no shortage of excellent books about the current pandemic and how we got here, but if you seek an entertaining yet sober account of how the world has dealt with lockdowns in the past and how we can better protect ourselves in the future, you should read Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine.

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley began work on the book years ago, which, luckily for us, allowed them to travel around the world in their quest to understand the uses of quarantine over the centuries. They have produced a superb story—part travelogue, part science, part history, and wholly fascinating.