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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonia Shah Narrator: Sonia Shah Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9780451482167
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From the author of The Fever, a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of pandemics

Interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origin of epidemics, drawing 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.

More than three hundred infectious diseases have emerged or reemerged in new territory during the past fifty years, and 90 percent of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations.

To reveal how that might happen, Sonia Shah tracks each stage of cholera's dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, from its 1817 emergence in the South Asian hinterlands to its rapid dispersal across the nineteenth-century world and its latest beachhead in Haiti. She reports on the pathogens following in cholera's footsteps, from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her own family to the never-before-seen killers emerging from China's wet markets, the surgical wards of New Delhi, the slums of Port-au-Prince, and the suburban backyards of the East Coast.

By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world's deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like--and what we can do to prevent it. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[Shah] has succeeded in producing a lively, rigorously researched and highly informative read.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] grounded, bracingly intelligent study.”


  • “Author Sonia Shah is not a practiced narrator, but her perspective as a scientist and mother gives her narration authority and immediacy. And she definitely knows what she’s talking about. Historically, governments have handled disease outbreaks badly, and have been slow to warn citizens of the full danger they face. Ignorance and denial inevitably heightened the toll. Shah tells grim stories that are always most terrifying in terms of what was to come. Yet her overall account is implicitly reaffirming in its ‘history’ of all the outbreaks that did not occur, thanks to modern science, responsible government, and the vigilance of an informed public.”


  • “In this absorbing, complex, and ominous look at the dangers posed by pathogens in our daily lives, science journalist Shah 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

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About the Author
Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prizewinning author. Her writing on science, politics, and human rights has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalForeign AffairsScientific American, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured on RadiolabFresh Air, and TED, where her talk "Three Reasons We Still Haven't Gotten Rid of Malaria" has been viewed by more than 900,000 people around the world. Her 2010 book, The Fever, which was called a "tour-de-force history of malaria" (The New York Times), "rollicking" (Time), and "brilliant" (The Wall Street Journal), was long-listed for the Royal Society's Winton Prize.