Day 25: On David Quammen's "Spillover": Terrific Book That Foretold Our Pandemic, Kind of

So I’ve seen various books mentioned as predicting pandemics, now that the coronavirus time is nigh, but not much mention of one of the best virus books I’ve read: David Quammen’s nonfiction book about the biology behind zoonotic diseases, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (2012). I read it when it first came out, and am a fan of Quammen’s work, dating back to his days at Outside magazine. It’s a terrific read, both thoughtful and technical. Some of the parts about African viruses are downright scary, including the search for the origins of Ebola and Marburg virus. It’s a good read in these trying times, Day 25 of my virus hunkering.

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