The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator

A pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity's fateWhy was gin and tonic the cocktail of choice for British colonists in India and Africa? What does Starbucks have to thank for its...

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Title:The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
Author:Timothy C. Winegard
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Edition Language:English

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  • Jennifer M.
    The Mosquito is a compilation of sorts. It not only tells the history of mosquitoes and the damage they have done throughout the centuries, but also how we got to where society and culture is, based on this annoying little bug. The book includes pictures of different types of mosquitoes, what sort o...
  • Scott Martin
    (Audiobook) Before reading this book, I would often think of the mosquito as the spawn of Satan, with its annoyance, its relentless biting and all that mosquito bites lead to as far as disease. After reading this book, I no longer think of the mosquito as the spawn of Satan...that bug IS Satan! I am...
  • Steve
    Interesting but meandersI enjoyed this book. As Timothy Winegard mentions, this is more of a history book than a science book, however what little science there is, is clearly explained. Winegard shows a good sense of humor in his writing, but otherwise I found his writing slighted stilted and lacki...
  • Melanie Ullrich
    Super interesting book when it wasn't an in depth world history lesson...which was most of it unfortunately....
  • Raughley Nuzzi
    This was an extremely disappointing book. What I'd hoped would be a revelatory work on epidemiology and anthropology was quickly discovered to be a florid, Western/American-centric military history, with some cultural and social trappings thrown in for good measure. A promising opening few chapters ...
  • Barry
    Interesting political and military history but sadly light on natural history and science. Gratuitously breezy writing, an annoying overabundance of contemporary cultural references, and an unmitigated tendency to attribute volition to insects and microbes alike all detract from what is clearly a de...
  • Keen
    2.5 Stars!“The mosquito has killed more people than any other cause of death in human history. Statistical extrapolation situates mosquito-inflicted deaths approaching half of all humans that have ever lived.”OK so let’s get something clear from the off, this is not a book about the m...
  • Nicole von Buelow
    More like a long book about military history with malaria thrown in...

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