Synopses & Reviews
Until the middle of the seventeenth century, little was understood about malaria, the deadly disease that decimated populations and crippled armies. A legend, however, persisted about a beautiful Spanish countess who was cured during a stay in Peru by drinking a medicine made from the bark of a miraculous tree. And so began the search for the elusive cinchona tree by a trio of British explorers who sought to rid the world of malaria. Today, in laboratories and research facilities, the hunt continues—this time for a vaccine against the disease that eludes all efforts to contain it.
“The Fever Trail
reads like a nineteenth-century thriller set in South America, filled with high adventure and botanical wonder, crisscrossing snowcapped mountains and jungle valleys.” —Los Angeles Times
“A lush tale of buccaneer botanists and heroic hypochondriacs—a screen treatment that has the advantage of being absolutely true.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Truly exciting.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A truly rich book, jammed with information...Honigsbaum has found a terrific story and tells it with his dial tuned to both its historical importance and its dramatic power.” —National Geographic
“Intriguing and well-researched...a story of intrigue and adventure.” —The Washington Post Book World
About the Author
is a former chief reporter of The Observer
in London. He has written for The Guardian
, The Sunday Times
, and Vogue
. He lives in London with his wife and two children.