The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

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The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe, Robertson Dean

In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles of Africa and the rain forests of Borneo have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips-to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases and to explain the role that viruses have played in human evolution. In a world where each new outbreak seems worse than the one before, Wolfe points the way forward, as new technologies are brought to bear in the most remote areas of the world to neutralize these viruses and even harness their power for the good of humanity. His provocative vision of the future will change the way we think about viruses, and perhaps remove a potential threat to humanity's survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452654430
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nathan Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and director of Global Viral Forecasting, a pandemic early warning system.

Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in almost every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he records books and acts in film, TV, and (especially) on stage.

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Viral Storm 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
GT-Colorado More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book and the author provided an interesting prospective on viral infections and the possibility of an eventual pandemic. This is a book worth reading and especially those who have an interest in virology and the microbial world. The emergent of these viral infections leaves the reader with a chill. The discussion of HIV, measles, smallpox, spanish flu, and pandemice influenza as it pertains to its start and spread was very interesting. The role of farming vs hunter gather, the congregation of humans into urban areas and population size, animal raising, and transportation have played a vital and significant role in these organisms becoming a threat to mankind now and into the future. The impression is it will be just a matter of time before we see perhaps another pandemic event along the lines of Spanish flu.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent overview about pandemics and viruses and frightening about what the future may hold for us.
BetsyAshton1 More than 1 year ago
Nathan Wolfe's The Viral Storm should be required reading for everyone talking or worrying hysterically about the current Ebola outbreak. An internationally recognized expert in the fields of viral forecasting, immunology, infectious diseases and human biology, Dr. Wolfe's book reads like a primer rather than a text book. His language is approachable for all readers. He breaks down how viruses, both good and evil, developed alongside humans. He tracks the history of viruses that are benign. We need them in our bodies to process food and protect us from the evil viruses. His discussions on how deadly viruses move from animal hosts to human hosts are the stuff of thrillers. Some, he points out, infect an individual and kill it, thereby stopping the transmission. Others, like HIV, swine flu and bird flu, are transmitted from human to human. Some,like Ebola and HIV, can only be transmitted through contact with bodily fluids. Others, swine and bird flu, are actually more dangerous because they easily pass through the human population by droplets in the air. I bought this book for research for a mystery I'm writing. The book works on that dimension. More importantly, it works as an educational work that takes the hysteria out of pandemics by talking calmly about what these viruses are, how they are transmitted and how they can be forecast at the beginning of an outbreak before it becomes an epidemic or, worse, a pandemic. I urge anyone interested in learning about illnesses to read this book. You will be better informed. Dr. Wolfe's journey is mankind's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot about not only viruses but also bacteria and other crap!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author unfortunately repeats the same ideas over and over. And I could have done without the graphic description of chimpanzees killing another monkey. This book was not about what I thought it would be.
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