The Viral Storm by Nathan Wolfe
The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

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Despite its flaws, this book presents important information and ideas that the public should be aware of.
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Dynamic young Stanford biologist Nathan Wolfe reveals the surprising origins of the world's most deadly viruses, and how we can overcome catastrophic pandemics.

In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic.

Wolfe's research missions to the jungles of Africa and the rain forests of Borneo have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes readers along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips—to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases and to explain the role that viruses have played in human evolution.

In a world where each new outbreak seems worse than the one before, Wolfe points the way forward, as new technologies are brought to bear in the most remote areas of the world to neutralize these viruses and even harness their power for the good of humanity. His provocative vision of the future will change the way we think about viruses, and perhaps remove a potential threat to humanity's survival.

 

About Nathan Wolfe

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Nathan Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and director of Global Viral Forecasting, a pandemic early warning system which monitors the spillover of novel infectious agents from animals into humans. He has been published in or profiled by Nature, Science, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Economist, Wired, Discover, Scientific American, NPR, Popular Science, Seed, and Forbes. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in 1997, Nathan was awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) International Research Scientist Development Award in 1999 and the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2005. Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in most every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he records books and acts in film, TV, and (especially) on stage.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Times Books. 324 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by GrrlScientist on Nov 26 2012

Despite its flaws, this book presents important information and ideas that the public should be aware of.

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Reviewed by James Kingsland on Nov 23 2012

Shouldn't we spend at least as much on preventing pandemics as we spend in the war on terror?

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