Mosquito: The Story of Man's Deadliest Foe [NOOK Book]

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Now in paperback--a fascinating work of popular science from a world-renowned expert on mosquitoes and a prize-winning reporter.

In this lively and comprehensive portrait of the mosquito, its role in history, and its threat to mankind, Spielman and D'Antonio take a mosquito's-eye view of nature and man. They show us how mosquitoes breed, live, mate, and die, and introduce us to their enemies, both natural and man-made. The authors present ...
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Mosquito: The Story of Man's Deadliest Foe

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Overview

Now in paperback--a fascinating work of popular science from a world-renowned expert on mosquitoes and a prize-winning reporter.

In this lively and comprehensive portrait of the mosquito, its role in history, and its threat to mankind, Spielman and D'Antonio take a mosquito's-eye view of nature and man. They show us how mosquitoes breed, live, mate, and die, and introduce us to their enemies, both natural and man-made. The authors present tragic and often grotesque examples of how the mosquito has insinuated itself into human history, from the malaria that devastated invaders of ancient Rome to the current widespread West Nile fever panic. Filled with little-known facts and remarkable anecdotes that bring this tiny being into larger focus, Mosquito offers fascinating, alarming, and convincing evidence that the sooner we get to know this pesky insect, the better off we'll be.
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Editorial Reviews

Newsday
Absorbing.
Malcolm Gladwell
Marvelous.
Edward O. Wilson
This is exactly the right book on the mosquito for a broad audience: clear, authoritative (Spielman is a world scientific authority, and right to the point on the insect's enormous importance to humanity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786871827
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 754,211
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Andrew Spielman, Sc.D., is one of the world's foremost authorities on mosquitoes and the infections that they transmit. He is Harvard University's senior investigator in tropical diesase. His several hundred scientific publications on the subject deal with malaria, encephalitis, filariasis, dengue, and various tick-borne pathogens. Professor Spielman is the current director of the Center for International Development's new effort to develop a global antimalarial strategy.

Michael D'Antonio shared the Pulitzer Prize in journalism as part of a Newsday reporting team. He has written five acclaimed non-fiction books, including Atomic Harvest and Tin Cup Dreams. He lives on Long Island.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Great Read

    A fascinating book on the impact vectors and especially mosquitoes have had and continue to have on our world. There is a reason why Africa is referred to as the Dark Continent. America faced malaria and yellow fever like many other parts of the world, but was able to defeat this threat through public health measures. Other parts of the world continue to struggle with these infections and these vectors. The reduction in the use of DDT has had a huge impact on the re-emergence of malaria and the deaths associated with this has been staggering. The occasional outbreaks of dengue fever in southern Texas and the new West Nile virus and new mosquitos that have been introduced to the US potentially could have impacts on our society which we are not accustomed too.

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    Posted June 13, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2001

    a lot of good info is given about mosquitoes

    If you are interested in insects, this is a great book to read. It is full of interesting information about the biology and public health issues of mosquitoes. The book gives a detailed history of attempts to eliminate the pest. Don't hesitate to buy this book if the topic interests you.

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