The Viral Storm

The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

Nathan Wolfe

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“[A] quietly terrifying book. . . . It’s hard not to feel a bit feverish at times while reading.” —The Boston Globe

 

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. He takes readers 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 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.

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Nathan Wolfe on “Why we have outbreaks” at TED Conference

SARS, avian flu, swine flu ... each virus outbreak raises the question: What can be done? A compelling answer from virus hunter Nathan Wolfe, who's outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering new, deadly viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- and stopping them before they claim millions of lives.

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Read the Kirkus Review of THE VIRAL STORM The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age. From a well-traveled virologist, an eloquent argument for why we need better ways to predict and thus prevent major disease outbreaks.
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Nathan Wolfe

NATHAN WOLFE is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and the founder and CEO of Global Viral Forecasting, an independent research institute devoted to early detection and control of epidemics. He holds degrees from Stanford and Harvard and has been published in or profiled by Nature, Science, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, Wired, Discover, Scientific American, NPR, Popular Science, Seed, and Forbes. In 2011 he was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He lives in San Francisco.

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The Viral Storm
The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age
Nathan Wolfe

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250012210
ISBN10: 125001221X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes 40 b&w photos and illustrations throughout
$15.99

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
October 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805091946
ISBN10: 0805091947
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, forty black-and-white photographs and figures throughout
$26.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
October 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429973595
ISBN10: 1429973595
320 pages
$9.99
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