This is a well-written book that is over 80 years old, but it tells an interesting tale of terror, heroism and cowardice during the Great Plague of London in 1665 (the year before the Great Fire). Granted, some of the writing is a bit old-fashioned, but not actually very noticeable. The author uses the primary sources extremely well, and gets a coherent narrative from what had to be a chaotic scene for many months. My only quibble is that he assumes that the reader is familiar with London and its environs, to the extent that he really doesn't explain exactly where locations are in relation to other places. That's because he wrote for a mainly British audience, so the fault is mine, and not his, that I'm not familiar with London. Despite its age, it is a book worth reading if you have any interest in knowing how people several centuries ago coped with a problem which they really could not understand, or control.