Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus


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$29.99  $27.89
Simon & Schuster
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6.37 X 9.27 X 1.28 inches | 1.28 pounds

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About the Author

David Quammen's books include Breathless, The Tangled Tree, The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and Spillover. He has written for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Outside, among other magazines, and is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award. Quammen shares a home in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife, Betsy Gaines Quammen, author of American Zion, and with three Russian wolfhounds, a cross-eyed cat, and a rescue python. Visit him at


"An authoritative new history of Covid-19 and its predecessors. . . . [Quammen] constructs a masterful account of viral evolution culminating in Covid-19. . . . Unsettling global health news brilliantly delivered by an expert."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"A masterful scientific detective story. . . . Quammen delivers a demanding and essential book about COVID-19."-- "Booklist (starred review)"
"Science journalist Quammen recounts in page-turning detail the scientific response to the Covid-19 pandemic. . . . A must-read for anyone looking to get a better handle on the pandemic so far."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"A supernova among science journalists and lauded author of The Song of the Dodo and Spillover now tackles the most sprawling news story on the planet, the Covid-19 pandemic. . . . Quammen's narrative finesse is peerless as he meticulously dissects the waves of mass infections, Wuhan to Alpha to Delta to Omicron."-- ""
"Compelling and terrifying. . . . A luminous, passionate account of the defining crisis of our time."--Michael Sims "The New York Times"
"Three years into the pandemic, Mr. Quammen, a prolific science journalist and author, uncovers all sorts of details about the efforts to investigate the spread of Covid and discern the features that made it so menacing. . . . An engagingly written chronicle of scientific inquiry."--Scott Gottlieb "The Wall Street Journal"
"Breathless presents the sweeping scientific story of the pandemic, connecting puzzle pieces that at the time had felt so out of place."--Erin Garcia de Jesús "Science News"