David Quammen is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of five acclaimed natural history titles. His most recent book, The Song of the Dodo, won the BP Natural World Book Prize in 1996. He lives in Montana.
Mr Quammen is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period...that he hasn't won a non-fiction National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize is an embarrassment... Quammen is a patient explainer and a winning observer, he has a novelistic flair for describing his fellow humans... Quammen, combining physical and intellectual adventure, wraps his canny explorations into powerful moral witness -- Dwight Garner * New York Times * A tremendous book...this gives you all you need to know and all you should know. Quammen's research and the analysis make sensationalism unnecessary -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times * Quammen has a wide range of knowledge, an agile pen, and a generous heart -- James Gorman * New York Times Book Review * A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story -- Walter Isaacson Quammen's book is compelling and shows that there are many candidates out there vying to be the next pandemic -- Euan Lawson * British Journal of General Practice *