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Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“A tidy book that explains everything we know, and everything we don't, about this terrifying disease.” (Nick Stockton - Wired)
“This slender book …does a nimble job of situating this year’s unnerving events in historical context… [Quammen's] book, like most writing about Ebola, is deeply unsettling, but it’s also sober minded, and in this respect, a standout in the floodlet of Ebola books, many of them quickie scare guides and medical thrillers.” (Michiko Kakutani - New York Times Book Review)
“David Quammen is a brilliant star of nature writing.” (Edward O. Wilson)
“David Quammen is a master.” (Bill Bryson) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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First, Spillover has over 100 pages on Ebola, including the 13 Gorillas primary chapter (vs. 12 Monkeys?) beginning on page 53. In fact, though, Ebola is peppered throughout all of Spillover in fine fashion, and given the little progress that has been made in the last few years (fruit bats, reservoir, etc.) one would assume that this new book doesn't have much new.
Well, one would be wrong, as I was. While chipping away at my PhD in Molecular Biology and supercomputing, I worked on the weaponization, epidemiology and response aspects of Ebola (as you might know, Reston had an airborne component, though not humanly virulent in the sense of Zaire/Congo strains) and am still a contributor to Weapbola dot com, although my primary field is now robotics.
Both technically and "story wise" this new book is well worth the investment, even if you have read Spillover. Quammen is one of the best Science writers still publishing today, and his books, blogs and articles are always page turners, with deep science woven flawlessly into the narrative. The book is current and up to date as recently as a couple months ago at this writing.Read more ›
"Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus" is a very interesting behind-the-scenes look at the quest to find the host animal carrying this devastating virus. This brief book is a product of sections of his 2012 book Spillover and recent events. Accomplished author and science journalist, David Quammen takes the reader on a journey through the jungles of Africa in search of the reservoir host. This exciting 128-page is broken out into 21 chapters.
1. Solid science writing. Well researched and engaging.
2. The hot-button topic of the day.
3. Quammen has a good grasp of the topic and writes with skill. It feels more like an action book than a standard-of-the-mill popular science book.
4. Like a good philosopher Quammen asks the right questions and its science's quest to get the answers.
5. A partial view of the history and science of Ebola. It's very accessible and focuses more on the quest to find the host.
6. Introduces and explains terms in an accessible manner. "A reservoir host is a species that carries the pathogen, harbors it chronically, while suffering little or no illness."
7. Does a great job of capturing the difficulties associated with tracking down the sources of viruses and in particular the Ebola virus. "Zoonotic pathogens can hide. That's what makes them so interesting, so complicated, and so problematic." Ebola is a zoonosis.
8. Provides many examples of other viruses that shed light on the Ebola virus. "Johnson had helped solve the Machupo crisis by his attention to the ecological dimension--that is, where did the virus live when it wasn't killing Bolivian villagers?Read more ›
The author recounts his numerous journeys with researchers trying to identify the "Reservoir" of the Ebola virus. Quammen explains to the novice that a reservoir is the species that lets the virus live inside it, awaiting future spread to some other species. "A reservoir host is a species that carries the pathogen, harbors it chronically, while suffering little or no illness."
I had no idea that BATS were such a focus of attention. Quammen emphasizes, however, that bats have not been conclusively identified as the reservoir.
√ I learned a LOT from reading EBOLA. The author includes at the rear of the book Source Notes and Selected Biography, to support his statements. Recommend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent and concise detailed history of the virus! It is wonderfully written and would likely be enjoyed by those outside of the field as well. Would recommend!Published 2 months ago by Brittany Milhoan
Serendipitous reading habits have led me to read two very different books which featured the small western African country of Gabon, with a population of less than two million. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John P. Jones III
Not much information for the price. Read Spill Over instead.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great read! I love the way the author put this together. Intriguing till the end. Left me wanting more.Published 4 months ago by chasetherabbit
If you've read Spillover by the same author you're read this book. There are entire passages that are word for word from Spillover.Published 5 months ago by Lenny