Breathless by David Quammen audiobook

Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus

By David Quammen
Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982164362

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797145761

  • ISBN: 9781797145754

Runtime: 13.44 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction

This is the account of the worldwide scientific quest to decipher the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, trace its source, and make possible the vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Breathless is the story of SARS-CoV-2 and its fierce journey through the human population, as seen by the scientists who study its origin, its ever-changing nature, and its capacity to kill us. David Quammen expertly shows how strange new viruses emerge from animals into humans as we disrupt wild ecosystems—and how those viruses adapt to their human hosts, sometimes causing global catastrophe.

He explains why this coronavirus will probably be a “forever virus,” destined to circulate among humans and bedevil us endlessly, in one variant form or another. As scientists labor to catch it, comprehend it, and control it, with their high-tech tools and methods, the virus finds ways of escape.

Based on interviews with nearly one hundred scientists, including leading virologists in China and around the world, Quammen explains that:

  • Infectious disease experts saw this pandemic coming

  • Some scientists, for more than two decades, warned that “the next big one” would be caused by a changeable new virus—very possibly a coronavirus—but such warnings were ignored for political or economic reasons

  • The precise origins of this virus may not be known for years, but some clues are compelling and some suppositions can be dismissed

And much more.

Breathless takes you inside the frantic international effort to understand and control SARS-CoV-2 as if we were peering over the shoulders of the brilliant scientists who led the chase.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A masterful scientific detective study.” Booklilst (starred review)
“A masterful account of viral evolution culminating in Covid-19…Unsettling global health news brilliantly delivered by an expert.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Terms, such as RNA, ‘variant,’ and ‘herd immunity’ are accessibly explained, and the narrative is punctuated with vivid portraits of such scientists as Anthony Fauci; Zhengli Shi, a senior scientist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology; and molecular virologist Michael Worobey, who tracked the virus’s evolution. This is a must-read.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: David Quammen

Author Bio: David Quammen

David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, Spillover, and the New York Times bestseller The Tangled Tree. Spillover was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Scientific American Book of the Year. He has received numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writingand the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay. He has written for numerous magazines and is a contributing writer for National Geographic.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 13.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English