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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Scientific American Best Book of the Year, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

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“Science writing as detective story at its best.” Jennifer Ouellette, Scientific American

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"That [Quammen] hasn’t won a nonfiction National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize is an embarrassment....Timely and terrifying. Mr. Quammen, a gifted science writer, combines physical and intellectual adventure. He also adds a powerful measure of moral witness: ecological destruction is greatly to blame for our current peril." Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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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

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"Riveting, terrifying, and inspiring." Georges Simenon, Wired

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"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 Steve Jobs

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"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

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

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

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"[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

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"[A] frightening but critically important book for anyone interested in learning about the prospects of the world’s next major pandemic." Publishers Weekly, starred review

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"A wonderful, eye-opening account of humans versus disease." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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"An essential work." Booklist, starred review

About the Author

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a John Burroughs Medal and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393346619
Author:
Quammen, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Quammen, David
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Biology-Microbiology
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
20.96 x 13.97 mm

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Product details 592 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393346619 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Science writing as detective story at its best.” Jennifer Ouellette, Scientific American
"Review" by , "That [Quammen] hasn’t won a nonfiction National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize is an embarrassment....Timely and terrifying. Mr. Quammen, a gifted science writer, combines physical and intellectual adventure. He also adds a powerful measure of moral witness: ecological destruction is greatly to blame for our current peril."
"Review" by , "David Quammen [is] one of that rare breed of science journalists who blend exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling."
"Review" by , "Riveting, terrifying, and inspiring."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[Spillover is] David Quammen’s absorbing, lively and, yes, occasionally gory trek through the animal origins of emerging human diseases."
"Review" by , "As page turning as Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone… [Quammen is] one of the best science writers."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "[A] frightening but critically important book for anyone interested in learning about the prospects of the world’s next major pandemic."
"Review" by , "A wonderful, eye-opening account of humans versus disease."
"Review" by , "An essential work."
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