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url 2018-09-14 12:50
2018 US National Books Award (non fiction)
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy - Carol Anderson Ph.D.,Dick Durbin
The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation - Colin G. Calloway
Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2016 - Steve Coll
Brothers Of The Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War - Marwan Hisham,Molly Crabapple,Molly Crabapple
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic - Victoria Johnson
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life - David Quammen

Noticeable books. Added and edit this post later.


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review 2015-01-07 08:47
Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus - David Quammen

I like microbiology, as in I like to learn about it (not I like the diseases). For me it's one of the most interesting fields of biomedical sciences. So I've chosen all extra microbiology courses, like Virology and Advanced Microbiology, but did I learn about Ebola?


During my first course Microbiology, back in 2013, about two sentences were spent on the subject of Ebola. It's a virus like Marburg in Africa. And, if you get it, it sucks, because you'll die of it. (This was a lesson where at least 20 viruses were discussed, so real depth was impossible, though Ebola was discussed only very briefly). Because during that time, Ebola was still something far away. I doubt many people knew what it was.


I was wondering how this book would tackle Ebola, as I was afraid that any information given would be outdated as soon as it could be printed, but the problem is solved quite well: It's not about the recent outbreaks. Instead it gives an overview of earlier outbreaks in Africa and outbreaks of similar diseases like Marburg to help understand the nature of the disease. It focuses on the importance of identifying the animal reservoir of the virus (viruses that are very deadly need to be able to replicate/survive in an animal species without killing that species or the virus would go extinct). Like with birdflu (where we know it's certain birds).


Ebola is an extract of Quammen's bigger book Spillover, completely focussed on zoonosis (catching a disease from an animal). I haven't read that book, but reading this part on Ebola made me want to read Spillover as well. What I really liked was the balance in this book. What I find in most (biomedical) non-fiction, is that it is to easy for people who know already about the subject, and not easy enough for people who are new to it. This book was different. It was still very interesting for me, but things where explained very understandably, I believe, for people who only have a very basic knowledge about microbiology. I would recommend.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2014-11-03 00:00
Ebola: The Natural and Human History
Ebola: The Natural and Human History - D... Ebola: The Natural and Human History - David Quammen 90% of this book is an extract from the authors previous book [b:Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic|17573681|Spillover Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic|David Quammen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1364847295s/17573681.jpg|19249362], with the remaining 10% being a summary of the 2014 Ebola outbreak which is already outdated by time of publication.

My suggestion: If you haven't read Spillover by David Quammen, read that. If you have, no need to read Ebola by David Quammen. If fat books terrify you, read Ebola instead of Spillover.
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text 2014-10-23 19:12
TBR Thursday #11
Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story - Pauline Creeden
The Body Electric - Beth Revis
Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus - David Quammen

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...


I start to feel some pressure from my unread ARCs, which probably isn't helping my blood pressure. But there are just so many nice books out there. I know I should just stop visiting Netgalley, but in my defense, I got approved this weeks for mostly books I requested weeks ago. And I'm really curious to read them too...


TBR pile currently stands at 186. (+1)

(Netgalley ARCs at 69 (+3))

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review 2014-10-16 21:25
Ebola: The Natural and Human History
Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus - David Quammen


Random House UK, Vintage Publishing. Bodley Head

Archive Date Nov 30 2014

"Then there was a new epidemic - fear."
- Dr Sam Okware

Description: EBOLA: unravelling the the mystery of one of the world's most deadly diseases

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% 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 whilst travelling 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.

Opening: Along the Upper Invindo River in north-eastern Gabon, near the border of the Republic of the Congo, lies a small village called Mayibout 2, a sort of satellite settlement, just a mile upriver from its namesake, the village of Mayibout. In early February 1996, this secondary community was struck by a horrific and bewildering chain of events.

This is only 134 pages. Please could those who have read 'Spillover' let me know if this is lifted out of there, or does this contain further/other information.

Advisory notice from location 45/139:
'If your husband catches an ebolavirus, give him food and water and love and maybe prayers but keep your distance, wait patiently, hope for the best - and, if he dies, don't clean out his bowels by hand. Better to step back, blow a kiss, and burn the hut.

Some points worth noting:

1) This is so up to date that we even have the Emory University Hospital inclusion.
2) There is general dissing of 'The Hot Zone' by Richard Preston as being embroidered sensationalism.
3) The outbreaks are not dealt with in a linear fashion. That opening paragraph details the second outbreak.
4) Fruit bats carry ebola anibodies. No live virus has been found in a bat yet, however The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO) said on Monday (13th Oct) that there should be improved awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species.

Why do Bats Transmit so many Diseases like Ebola?

3* The Reluctant Mr Darwin
4* Ebola
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