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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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by David Quammen (Author) 

A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases, Spillover is “fascinating and terrifying … a real-life thriller with an outcome that affects us all” (Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction).

In 2020, the novel coronavirus gripped the world in a global pandemic and led to the death of hundreds of thousands. The source of the previously unknown virus? Bats. This phenomenon—in which a new pathogen comes to humans from wildlife—is known as spillover, and it may not be long before it happens again.

Prior to the emergence of our latest health crisis, renowned science writer David Quammen was traveling the globe to better understand spillover’s devastating potential. For five years he followed scientists to a rooftop in Bangladesh, a forest in the Congo, a Chinese rat farm, and a suburban woodland in New York, and through high-biosecurity laboratories. He interviewed survivors and gathered stories of the dead. He found surprises in the latest research, alarm among public health officials, and deep concern in the eyes of researchers.

Spillover delivers the science, the history, the mystery, and the human anguish of disease outbreaks as gripping drama. And it asks questions more urgent now than ever before: From what innocent creature, in what remote landscape, will the Next Big One emerge? Are pandemics independent misfortunes, or linked? Are they merely happening to us, or are we somehow causing them? What can be done? Quammen traces the origins of Ebola, Marburg, SARS, avian influenza, Lyme disease, and other bizarre cases of spillover, including the grim, unexpected story of how AIDS began from a single Cameroonian chimpanzee. The result is more than a clarion work of reportage. It’s also the elegantly told tale of a quest, through time and landscape, for a new understanding of how our world works—and how we can survive within it.


"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

Categories : Epidemiology, Microbiology, Communicable Diseases

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00856PC4K

Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2012)

Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 1, 2012

Language ‏ : ‎ English

File‏ : EPUB, 3.13 MB

Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled

Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported

Print length ‏ : ‎ 594 pages

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