Ebola. Cholera. Avian flu. What’s Next?
Interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origins of global contagions.
Over 300 infectious diseases have newly emerged or re-emerged in new territory over the past 50 years, and 90% of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations.
But which one? And how?
“In this absorbing, complex, and ominous look at the dangers posed by pathogens in our daily lives, science journalist Shah (The Fever) cautions that there are no easy solutions. …Shah’s warning is certainly troubling, and this important medical and social history is worthy of attention—and action.” –Publishers Weekly
“Investigative science journalist Shah (The Fever, 2011) is at it again, and if the words, and beyond, in her latest book’s subtitle don’t grab a reader’s attention, they should…Yes, Shah is back and in rare form. And this time it’s personal.” -Starred review, Booklist
“The ingredients for pandemics remain potent…Shah covers all of these aspects in vivid prose and through revealing eyewitness accounts….Necessary.” –Kirkus Reviews
To answer these questions, Pandemic draws parallels between the story of cholera—one of history’s most disruptive and deadly pathogens—and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs.
Written by critically acclaimed science journalist Sonia Shah and based on five years of reporting around the world, Pandemic reveals what the next contagion might look like—and what we can do to prevent it.
HOW PATHOGENS ARE CROSSING OVER FROM WILDLIFE
WHY LIVESTOCK PRACTICES INCREASE THE RISK OF CONTAGION
WHAT EPIDEMICS OF THE PAST TELL US ABOUT THE NEXT PANDEMIC
HOW GLOBAL SLUMS FUEL THE SPREAD OF PATHOGENS
WHY CLIMATE CHANGE MAKES US VULNERABLE TO PANDEMICS
Sonia Shah is an award-winning science journalist and author of numerous books on global health and international politics.