Spillover by David Quammen
Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

58%

5 Critic Reviews

Mr. Quammen is clearly obsessed, but his book might have been better if he had told more of the story through a smaller number of compelling scientist-characters.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

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


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?

 

About David Quammen

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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.
 
Published October 1, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 591 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Sonia Shah on Oct 19 2012

There’s a lot more that could be said on this topic, but Quammen seems reluctant to bog down his exuberant storytelling with too much of that pointy-headed technical stuff.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Oct 02 2012

Mr. Quammen, combining physical and intellectual adventure, wraps his canny explorations into powerful moral witness.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Alice Roberts on Nov 10 2012

My advice, having read Spillover: buy the book, be sure to get your flu jab this winter...and remember: "The duck is the Trojan horse."

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Caroline Ash on Oct 11 2012

Zoonosis is a topic that, like the pathogens themselves, is hard to keep under control, and Quammen's treatment is rather uneven.

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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by Richard Preston on Oct 05 2012

Mr. Quammen is clearly obsessed, but his book might have been better if he had told more of the story through a smaller number of compelling scientist-characters.

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