The Mosquito

The Mosquito Timothy Winegard offers a unique and incredibly articulate perspective on the history of humankind pertaining to the mosquito He charts the impact that the mosquito has had on the outcomes of major events, including the fall of ancient empires and the American Civil War, successfully arguing that the mosquito has changed the course of history Winegards breadth of knowledge is something to be admired. Interesting but meandersI enjoyed this book As Timothy Winegard mentions, this is 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 lacking the conversational tone I like in science writing I also found that the book took long irrelevant detours through history, so there were pages I just glossed over For the reader looking for specific information on mosquito transmitted diseases, I recommend Molly Caldwell Crosby s The American Plague The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History and Sonia Shah s The Fever How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years However if the reader is interested in the broad sweep of history, then The Mosquito is a fine book.Disclosure I received a complimentary copy of this book via Netgalley for review purposes. Received the arc from Netgalley for free in exchange for a review.You can find my full review here What a fascinating book this was I kept reading reciting the facts aloud to whomever was in the room or nearby when I read there are so many intriguing and surprising things to learn here, that I felt compelled to share them It took me a while to read it s long and there s a LOT of information here, but it is packaged very well, although I did occasionally find that I needed to take a short break for something a little less death and disease focused it is, after all, summer and I couldn t make myself or my family too crazy worrying about mosquitoes to enjoy the day But the writing was great engaging and entertaining while remaining true to the fact sharing non fiction nature of its core. If you ever wanted an overview of human history from the beginning to present day, then this is the book to pick up It isn t science history and there are large chunks where the mosquito and its deadly diseases aren t even mentioned A lot of focus on battles and wars It was an interesting and educational read Read my full review at Girl Who Reads. The Outsize Role of the Mosquito in the Sweep of Human HistoryFor a tiny insect the mosquito has had a major role in shaping human history Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus, and other diseases are caused by agents injected into the human host by one or another of the species of mosquitoes in the environment The early chapters of the book give a graphic description of the diseases and suffering It makes you want to wear protective gear when going outside in the summer For centuries it was unclear that the mosquito was responsible for the scourge of diseases that wrecked havoc with armies and empires The American Revolution saw Washington s army as well as the British ransacked by malaria The scourge of the Civil War and building the Panama Canal was Yellow Fever One of the protections against malaria is sickle cell anemia, a mutation of the blood cells that survived in Africa because it gave protection to the person Unfortunately, sickle cell itself is a killer, as the author points out I enjoyed this book It s full of historical information about the interaction between mosquitoes and humans The writing is clear and subject matter so interesting you want to keep reading I highly recommend this book if you want to learn about how the environment can affect civilization I received this book from Dutton for this review. Super interesting book when it wasn t an in depth world history lessonwhich was most of it unfortunately. 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 Global Domination What Has Protected The Lives Of Popes For Millennia Why Did Scotland Surrender Its Sovereignty To England What Was George Washington S Secret Weapon During The American Revolution The Answer To All These Questions, And Many , Is The MosquitoAcross Our Planet Since The Dawn Of Humankind, This Nefarious Pest, Roughly The Size And Weight Of A Grape Seed, Has Been At The Frontlines Of History As The Grim Reaper, The Harvester Of Human Populations, And The Ultimate Agent Of Historical Change As The Mosquito Transformed The Landscapes Of Civilization, Humans Were Unwittingly Required To Respond To Its Piercing Impact And Universal Projection Of PowerThe Mosquito Has Determined The Fates Of Empires And Nations, Razed And Crippled Economies, And Decided The Outcome Of Pivotal Wars, Killing Nearly Half Of Humanity Along The Way She Only Females Bite Has Dispatched An Estimated Billion People From A Total Of Billion Throughout Our Relatively Brief Existence As The Greatest Purveyor Of Extermination We Have Ever Known, She Has Played A Greater Role In Shaping Our Human Story Than Any Other Living Thing With Which We Share Our Global VillageImagine For A Moment A World Without Deadly Mosquitoes, Or Any Mosquitoes, For That Matter Our History And The World We Know, Or Think We Know, Would Be Completely UnrecognizableDriven By Surprising Insights And Fast Paced Storytelling, The Mosquito Is The Extraordinary Untold Story Of The Mosquito S Reign Through Human History And Her Indelible Impact On Our Modern World Order This was an interesting book I was really into parts and was bored and wondering where things were going at other parts Debating between 3 4 stars. I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher From the mosquitos possible impact on the extinction of the dinosaurs, to the famous battlefields of history and the scientific advancements made to stop their spread of disease, readers will be given an engaging account of the mosquitos silent war against humanity.You can find my full review in the links provided.Rating 4 stars Would recommend to a friend.

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  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • The Mosquito
  • Timothy C. Winegard
  • 15 September 2018
  • 9780735235793

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