Analysis Of David Quammen 's ' Spillover Animal Infections And The Next Human Pandemic '

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David Quammen is a prizewinning journalist and author whose work has circulated in well-known publications such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, Rolling Stones, Outside, Esquire, and The New York Times Book Review. According to Quammen’s official website (2013), he is a Rhode Scholar and a Contributing Writer for National Geographic who has been honored with the National Magazine Award (three time recipient), the Lannan Foundation Fellowship, the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the BP Natural World Book Prize, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. David Quammen’s book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence with great reason. His motivation for writing this book was truly out of pure interest for the scientific world of infectious disease and for his readers. During his interview with Scientific America, Quammen states:
People like scary things, people like drama, tragedy is compelling, and the world of infectious disease, especially these emerging viral infectious diseases, have all that. They are tragic, they are dramatic, they are horrific, they are scary, they involve human stories.(Mirsky, 2012, para. 8) This is what makes the book so compelling. After twelve years of writing, this nonfiction book was finally published in 2012, giving the people ( his…

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