I've mentioned before that I listen to a lot of podcasts when I'm running. Recently I made the accidental discovery that you can watch entire college courses on iTunes on various topics. There were a number that interested me, but I decided to start with a history course at Yale called Epidemics in Western Society since 1600.
I don't have the textbook for the class, but I have been making an effort to read the books that are mentioned as well as watch films that are discussed. After watching the three lectures on the bubonic plague, I read Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year. Like other books from the early 18th century, it's a little dry, and it does bother me that there are no chapters. However, if you want to experience what the day to day life was like during the terror of the plague in London in the late 1600s, it gives a realistic picture. At moments in the book, I felt that some things hadn't changed all that much, when considerating things that happened with the Ebola virus in 2014.
Readers, is there a class you'd love to be able to take?