Read this gripping, timely book about the transmission of deadly viruses from animal to human populations, and how we can fight the current Covid-19 pandemic.
As globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but that can be transmitted to humans. Diseases that were contained are being set free and the results are potentially catastrophic.
In a journey that takes him from southern China to the Congo, from Bangladesh to Australia, David Quammen tracks these infections to their source, and asks what we can do to prevent some new pandemic spreading across the face of the earth.
As we continue to feel the global impact of Covid-19, discover the book that predicted this viral disaster and the science that could stop the next one in its tracks. 'A tremendous book...this gives you all you need to know and all you should know' Sunday Times 'Chilling... [A] brilliant, devastating book' Daily Mail 'A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story' Walter Isaacson
*A NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020*
A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story
It may have been eight years since David Quammen's Spillover was first published, but its prescience is spookily topical this plague year -- Richard Dawkins ― New Statesman
Travelling deep into the rainforest with the scientists hoping to identify the next pandemic pathogen, Quammen's book is plotted like a detective thriller -- Gaia Vince ― Guardian
Quammen’s book is compelling and shows that there are many candidates out there vying to be the next pandemic ― British Journal of General Practice
Quammen has a wide range of knowledge, an agile pen, and a generous heart ― New York Times Book Review
About the Author
David Quammen is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of several acclaimed natural history titles. His book, The Song of the Dodo, won the BP Natural World Book Prize in 1996.