- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 16, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393350843
- ISBN-13: 978-0393350845
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest 1st Edition
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- Hampton Sides, best-selling narrative historian and editor at large at Outside magazine
“[An] intense study of the origins of AIDS. With Sherlockian verve… Quammen’s portrait of the real ‘Patient Zero’… is a masterful summing-up of the evidence.”
- Nathan Wolfe, Nature
About the Author
David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an award in the art of the essay from PEN, and (three times) the National Magazine Award. Quammen is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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Quammen does a good job with the science. He obviously has a lot of practice in both the research and the writing. This book was incredibly interesting and definitely filled in gaps in my knowledge. I would recommend that readers be a bit familiar with AIDS before tackling this book. It assumes that the readers have a background in AIDS.
If you are looking for an easy to read introduction into how scientists trace zoonotic diseases, this will be a great book for you! If you want something more in-depth, I would suggest reading Spillover or Pepin's more in-depth book.