**A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022**
From the author of Spillover, the book that predicted the pandemic, Breathless is the story of Covid-19 and its fierce journey through the human population, as seen by the scientists tasked with fighting it.
Bestelling author David Quammen draws on countless interviews with experts, including leading virologists, to take us inside the global race to understand SARS-CoV-2, it's ever-changing nature and capacity to kill. In doing so, he explains how new viruses emerge when we disrupt ecosystems and suggests why the coronavirus may be here to stay.
By peering over the shoulders of the brilliant scientists leading the chase, Breathless uncovers the warnings from infectious diseases experts that went unheeded; and which clues are the most compelling in the hunt for the virus' origin.
'A viral howdunnit that is pacy and unafraid to educate readers' Observer
'A luminous, passionate account of the defining crisis of our time' New York Times
'A classic...a masterpiece' Stanley Prusiner, Nobel Prize Winner
'As close to authoritative history as we have... It reads like a real-time thriller' Chicago Tribune
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Date of Publication: 14/12/2023