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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic Paperback – Illustrated, September 9, 2013
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- Nathan Wolfe, Nature
“An adventure-filled page-turner…told from the front lines of pandemic prevention.”
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“As page turning as Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone…[Quammen is] one of the best science writers.”
- Seattle Times
“David Quammen might be my favorite living science writer: amiable, erudite, understated, incredibly funny, profoundly humane.”
- Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine
“Quammen balances the technical terms with gorily gripping description and scenes from his own fearless journeys…But his real gift is his writing, with its nice balance of reverence and whimsy.”
- Chloë Schama, Smithsonian
“Quammen’s more teacher than Jeremiah. So he calms when he can; but he’s blunt when he must be.”
- Jeffrey Burke, Bloomberg
“The scariest book you’ll read this year.”
- The Daily Beast
“[An] ambitious and encyclopedic voyage…Mr. Quammen does a beautiful job of showing how so much of scientific knowledge is provisional, with great unknowns about infectious diseases.”
- Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone
“David Quammen has done it again. Fascinating and terrifying, Spillover is a real-life thriller with an outcome that affects us all.”
- Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
“This is a frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story. David Quammen takes us on a quest to understand AIDS, Ebola, and other diseases that share a frightening commonality: they all jumped from wild animals to humans. By explaining this growing trend, Quammen not only provides a warning about the diseases we will face in the future, he also causes us to reflect on our place as humans in the earth’s ecosystem.”
- Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo Da Vinci
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393346617
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393346619
- Product Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Publisher : Norton Trade Titles; Illustrated Edition (September 9, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you want to have the bejeezus scared out of you, this is your book, but that won’t last long. You will be left knowing so many how’s and whys that you’ll want the author to write another book as soon as you’ve finished to last page of this one. A very satisfying book to read, and finish.
Author David Quammen has written an important, informative, and entertaining (really!) book. He has taken on a potentially dry and depressing subject and made it both understandable and interesting. He's a very good science writer and I'll be looking forward to reading more titles from him.
Quammen takes the reader on a journey through the world of epidemiologists, pathologists, veterinarians, and other scientists who put their health and lives on the line in the name of world health and science. He takes us into the story of some of the most deadly recent diseases in the world, all of which have jumped from animals to humans. This is a fascinating and critical story.
Its a long book. My one mild criticism would be I think it could have been edited down somewhat without damaging its content or quality.
I highly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in the subject.
Quammen keeps the balance between travel and adventure writing on the one hand, personal interviews (of the "His desk is piled high with papers, and he's wearing blue corduroy slacks and a black turtleneck and wire-rim glasses" type), and real science writing. You learn a lot about diseases from the microscopic level to the human story of what it's like to have the disease, to the incredible courage and dedication of the people who fight the diseases, whether in the clinic or in the lab.
Realistically, most of us are at essentially zero risk of dying of Ebola, but Quammen balances that with insight into things that might really harm us--SARS, AIDS, and the good old flu, which could still come roaring back as a killer.
I was sorry when it ended.
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Best non-fiction book I've read possibly ever.