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“A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story.” —Walter Isaacson

In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola’s elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola—its past, present, and its unknowable future.

Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “David Quammen is a brilliant star of nature writing.”

    Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist

  • “David Quammen is a master.”

    Bill Bryson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Quammen is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers.”

    New York Times

  • “This slender book…does a nimble job of situating this year’s unnerving events in historical context…[Quammen’s] book, like most writing about Ebola, is deeply unsettling, but it’s also sober minded, and in this respect, a standout in the floodlet of Ebola books, many of them quickie scare guides and medical thrillers.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A tidy book that explains everything we know, and everything we don’t, about this terrifying disease.”


  • “Quammen humbly claims this work is a partial view of the history and science of Ebola. That is so, yet it has the potential to vastly raise our awareness of new, ferocious viruses. Quammen provides the fundamentals—ecology, evolutionary history, natural cycles—of what we know about viruses, from the big picture to the various species.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “[Quammen] is an engaging writer, offering solid scientific explanations and riveting human stories. Mel Foster’s upbeat delivery goes well with stories from the frontiers of science…he is easy to understand and does a good job of pronouncing both African place names and medical terms.”


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About the Author
Author David Quammen

David Quammen is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including Blood Line and The Song of the Dodo. A three-time National Magazine Award winner, he is a contributing writer for National Geographic and has written for Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, Atlantic, Powder, and Rolling Stone. He travels widely on assignment, usually to jungles, mountains, remote islands, and swamps. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”