The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator

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 fate

Why 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 more, is the mosquito.

Across 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 power.

The 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 52 billion people from a total of 108 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 village.

Imagine 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 unrecognizable.

Driven 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.

Title:The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
ISBN:9780735235793
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    The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator Reviews

  • Jennifer M.

    The Mosquito is a compilation of sorts. It not only tells the history of mosquitoes and the damage they have done throughout the centuries, but also how we got to where society and culture is, based o...

  • Raughley Nuzzi

    This was an extremely disappointing book. What I'd hoped would be a revelatory work on epidemiology and anthropology was quickly discovered to be a florid, Western/American-centric military history, w...

  • Kat

    I have only read the introduction so far. I am desperately hoping that the rest of this book will be as good as the introduction. But after only reading the introduction I decided to give it a five-st...

  • Nicole von Buelow

    More like a long book about military history with malaria thrown in ...

  • Amber Spencer

    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. ...

  • Christopher Kennedy

    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 e...

  • Justin

    Received the arc from Netgalley for free in exchange for a review.You can find my full review here:https://openlettersreview.com/posts/m......

  • Jill Elizabeth

    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 ...

  • Steve

    Interesting but meandersI enjoyed this book. As Timothy Winegard mentions, this is more of a history book than a science book, however what little science there is, is clearly explained. Winegard show...

  • Annette Jordan

    A fascinating social history, The Mosquito by Timothy Wineguard takes the reader on an enthralling journey through time and examines the unexpectedly dramatic impact of this tiny but deadly creature. ...