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“David Quammen [is] one of that rare breed of science journalists who blend exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling.”
- Nathan Wolfe, Nature

“An adventure-filled page-turner…told from the front lines of pandemic prevention.”
- Lizzie Wade, Wired

“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

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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  • 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
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