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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by [David Quammen]
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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition

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Starred review. ...a frightening but critically important book for anyone interested in learning about the prospects of the world’s next major pandemic.—Publishers Weekly

David Quammen might be my favorite living science writer: amiable, erudite, understated, incredibly funny, profoundly humane. The best of his books, The Song of the Dodo, renders the relatively arcane field of island biogeography as gripping as a thriller. That bodes well for his new book, whose subject really is thriller-worthy: how deadly diseases (AIDS, SARS, Ebola) make the leap from animals to humans, and how, where, and when the next pandemic might emerge. —Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine

That [Quammen] hasn’t won a nonfiction National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize is an embarrassment.—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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

Starred review. An essential work.—Booklist

Starred review. A wonderful, eye-opening account of humans versus disease.—Kirkus Reviews

[Spillover is] David Quammen’s absorbing, lively and, yes, occasionally gory trek through the animal origins of emerging human diseases. —Cleveland Plain Dealer

As page turning as Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone… [Quammen is] one of the best science writers. —Seattle Times

[Spillover] delivers news from the front lines of public health. It makes clear that animal diseases are inseparable from us because we are inseparable from the natural world. —Philadelphia Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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. Spillover was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00856PC4K
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3792 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 594 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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David Quammen is the author of a dozen fiction and nonfiction books, including Blood Line and The Song of the Dodo. Spillover, his most recent book, was shortlisted for several major awards. A three-time National Magazine Award winner, he is a contributing writer for National Geographic and has written also for Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, The Atlantic, Powder, and Rolling Stone. He travels widely on assignment, usually to jungles, mountains, remote islands, and swamps.

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