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The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator

Timothy Winegard



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Text Publishing Company
20 August 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders
A ground-breaking work of narrative non-fiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on human history.

What was George Washington's secret weapon during the American Revolution, and how did it lead to Britain colonising Australia? What protected Popes for centuries? And what does Starbucks have to thank for its global domination? The answer to all these questions, and many more, is the mosquito.

The mosquito has razed economies, determined the fates of empires and decided the outcome of pivotal wars. She-only females bite-has dispatched an estimated 52 billion people from a total of 108 billion ever to have lived. As the greatest purveyor of extermination we have known, she has played a greater role in shaping our history than any other living creature.

The Mosquito is the extraordinary story of how a tiny bloodsucking fly indelibly changed our world. Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling, it will appeal to readers of Peter Wohlleben and Elizabeth Kolbert-and to anyone who has swatted at one of the hundred trillion mosquitoes buzzing about the Earth.

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By:   Timothy Winegard
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 154mm, 
ISBN:   9781911231127
ISBN 10:   191123112X
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   20 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Timothy C. Winegard holds a PhD from Oxford and served for nine years as an officer in the Canadian and British forces. He now teaches history and political science at Colorado Mesa University and has published four books of history.

Reviews for The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator

`With the deeply researched Mosquito...[Winegard] uses the bellicose insect to tie together a fascinating, sprawling history - from dinosaurs to the banned insecticide DDT.' * Literary Review of Canada * `Hugely impressive, a major work.' * NPR * `Written as a big-picture, impersonal history-think Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel...The Mosquito serves up an eye-opening, deeply alarming, and absolutely engrossing view of humanity's most tenacious foe.' * Foreign Policy * `The insects are still killing more than eight hundred thousand people a year, primarily in Africa. Winegard's reminder of their enormous potential for destruction is a timely one for all of us.' * New Yorker * 'Winegard convincingly argues that the insect has shaped human life as well as delivering death...[He] is an engaging guide, especially when he combines analysis with anecdote.' * Economist *

  • Short-listed for RBC Taylor Prize 2020 (Canada)

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