A Planet of Viruses: Second Edition 2nd ed. Edition, Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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"A brief, highly accessible introduction to viruses and their impact on the world. . . . Highly recommended."
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2016
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“Just about everything you’ve always wanted to know—and a lot you’ll probably wish you didn’t know—about the viruses that have caused humanity so much grief throughout history.”
-- Praise for the first edition, Forbes

“In A Planet of Viruses, science writer Carl Zimmer accomplishes in a mere 100 pages what other authors struggle to do in 500: He reshapes our understanding of the hidden realities at the core of everyday existence. . . . Whether he’s exploring how viruses come to America or picking apart the surprisingly complicated common cold, Zimmer’s train of thought is concise and illuminating.”
-- Praise for the first edition, Washington Post

 “Absolutely top-drawer popular science writing. . . . Zimmer’s information-packed, superbly readable look at virological knowledge awakens readers to the fact that not only are viruses everywhere but we couldn’t live without them.”
-- Praise for the first edition, Booklist, starred review

“A smart, beautiful, and somewhat demented book that’s likely to give you a case of the willies. In the best way possible.”
-- Praise for the first edition, Boing Boing --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times, writes for National Geographic and other magazines, and is the author of thirteen books, including Parasite Rex, Soul Made Flesh, and Microcosm. He is also a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches writing about science and the environment.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File Size : 7415 KB
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press; 2nd ed. Edition (October 6, 2015)
  • ASIN : B014RWV2OE
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : October 6, 2015
  • Print Length : 128 pages
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who would have thought viruses could be so interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book written in an accessible way
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4.0 out of 5 stars A short, easy to read introduction to Virology for the novice.
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