David Quammen

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Narrated By: Jonathan Yen

Duration: 20 hours and 47 minutes

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A gripping, timely book about the transmission of deadly viruses from animal to human populations, and how we can tackle a global 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 cases of Coronavirus grow across the globe, 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

(C) David Quammen 2012 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Social impact of environmental issues, Infectious & contagious diseases, Epidemiology & medical statistics, Veterinary medicine: infectious diseases & therapeutics, Social forecasting, future studies, Globalization, History of medicine

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Quammen has a wide range of knowledge, an agile pen, and a generous heart

New York Times Book Review

Travelling deep into the rainforest with the scientists hoping to identify the next pandemic pathogen, Quammen's book is plotted like a detective thriller


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

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