Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : October 1, 2012
- File Size : 3792 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 594 pages
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated Edition (October 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00856PC4K
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,835 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.