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The Monster at Our Door

The Global Threat of Avian Flu

Holt Paperbacks

A "brilliant" and "fascinating" investigation of the looming avian flu pandemic--and how we arrived at the brink of a global health catastrophe--The New York Times
The virus known as H5N1 is now endemic among poultry and wild bird populations in East Asia. A flu strain of astonishing lethality, it has a talent for transforming itself to foil the human immune system--and kills two out of every three people it infects. The World Health Organization now warns that avian flu is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious form that could travel at pandemic velocity, killing up to 100 million people within two years.
In The Monster at Our Door, the first book to sound this alarm, our foremost urban and environmental critic reconstructs the scientific and political history of this viral apocalypse in the making, exposing the central roles played by burgeoning slums, the agribusiness and fast-food industries, and corrupt governments. Mike Davis tracks the avian flu crisis as the virus moves west and the world remains woefully unprepared to contain it. With drug companies unwilling to invest in essential vaccines, severe shortages persist, a scenario Davis compares to the sinking Titanic: there are virtually no lifesaving resources available to the poor, and precious few for the rich, too.

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Preface: Pieta
The evil that happened here in the last month was a sign.1
-- The village chief of Ban Srisomboon
 
In a time of plague, like the influenza pandemic that swept away my mother's little brother and 40 to 100 million other people in 1918, it is difficult to retain a clear image of individual suffering. Great epidemics, like world wars and famines, massify death into species-level events beyond our emotional comprehension. The afflicted, as a result, die twice: their physical agonies are redoubled by the submergence of their personalities in the black water of megat

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"Read this book, and after the inevitable nightmares, take a deep breath. Then start pestering your politicans, demanding they read it and do something, before
pandemic influenza claims millions of lives."--Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Coming Plague
"Read this book, and after the inevitable nightmares, take a deep breath. Then start pestering your politicans, demanding they read it and do something, before
pandemic influenza claims millions of lives."--Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Coming Plague

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Historian Mike Davis, “America’s most incendiary urban critic,”—London Review of Books is the author of many books, including the bestselling City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a professor at the University of California at Irvine, Davis lives in San Diego.
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The Global Threat of Avian Flu

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