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Deadliest Enemy

Our War Against Killer Germs
Narrated by: Jamie Renell
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We are facing an overwhelming army of deadly, invisible enemies. We need a plan - before it's too late.

Unlike natural disasters, whose destruction is concentrated in a limited area over a period of days, and illnesses, which have devastating effects but are limited to individuals and their families, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.

In today's world, it's easier than ever to move people, animals, and materials around the planet, but the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. And as outbreaks of Ebola, MERS, yellow fever, and Zika have demonstrated, we are woefully underprepared to deal with the fallout. So what can - and must - we do in order to protect ourselves from mankind's deadliest enemy?

Drawing on the latest medical science, case studies, policy research, and hard-earned epidemiological lessons, Deadliest Enemy explores the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safe from infectious disease. The authors show how we could wake up to a reality in which many antibiotics no longer cure, bioterror is a certainty, and the threat of a disastrous influenza pandemic looms ever larger. Only by understanding the challenges we face can we prevent the unthinkable from becoming the inevitable.

Deadliest Enemy is high scientific drama, a chronicle of medical mystery and discovery, a reality check, and a practical plan of action.

©2017 Michael T. Osterholm (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"Osterholm and Olshaker calmly show us that Mother Nature is the 'greatest bioterrorist of them all.' Marshaling solid scientific evidence, they question why we have spent billions on the 'war on terror' and virtually nothing for an inevitable calamity that will kill millions. This stunning book is a clarion call to mount a Manhattan Project 2.0 that would prepare for the coming global pandemic. Someone should listen." (Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and coauthor of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer)
"As a former governor responsible for the welfare and health of my state, and a former United States Senator concerned with national security, I applaud Deadliest Enemy as a chilling and important wakeup call. Not only is it a fascinating human story and medical detective drama, it lays out the great public health challenges facing humanity and the actions that need to be initiated or enhanced to avert their life or death consequences." (Bob Graham, former Governor of Florida, US senator and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee)
" Deadliest Enemy is a lucid and concise account of how the battle against deadly germs is in many ways the most important war of all. Deadliest Enemy deftly melds authoritative science with a gripping narrative to tell what is arguably the most important story of our era." (Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst and author of United States of Jihad)

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Learn about This.

Very informative, I learned a lot about pandemics and how virus's spread. Lot's of good information.

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Fantastic

This book is excellently written with clear expertise from the writers. It’s wonderfully laid out and fascinating.

The science is explained at an accessible level and all facts reference their sources for review. This should be required reading for all people living in the 21st century.

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Amazing book. World leaders should read!

Lays out what we need to do to protect humanity from another life changing pandemic. Well written and holds your interest throughout.

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This was a very informative book

Once you start the facts are pukeable this author saw into the future with the facts every country become completely self sustaining and put some glass protection around all the cashiers of all businesses. Mind blown stay safe everyone don't miss this one!

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It's pronounced "Double-u aitch oh", not "Hoo".

The narrator's mispronounciation of the name of the WHO drove me nuts.

otherwise the contents of the book is (obviously) super relevant.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2019-07-28

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For those who say "it's just the flu" - this book is for you. This book really lays out how damaging and completely disrupting a pandemic could be - and in a way we may not necessarily think about. People have "just the flu" but the grocery shelves are empty because a good portion of the field workers, truck drivers, grocery store workers, etc have the flu; and a good portion of those who don't have it don't want to risk getting exposed so call in "sick." Stuff just doesn't get done. The financial impact of not only one country, but all across the globe, is devastating. And while this book does investigate many infectious diseases, the flu is the one we should be most worried about. The majority of individuals today who have had access to vaccinations for decades have forgotten, or never learned, the suffering of those who had to endure, or die, of those illnesses. What people don't seem to internalize is that some of most vulnerable are children.

Bottom line: Read this book and GET YOUR DAMN VACCINES, PEOPLE!!!!!

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-03-15

Topical treatise on virus flu pandemics

The authors of DEADLIEST ENEMY predict the current coronavirus pandemic and much worse. This book, released exactly three years ago, is a call to arms about the need for world governments to take actions to better prepare for inevitable virus flu pandemics such as the current coronaviruus one. Other topics covered include the need to prepare vaccines in advance of need and the risk of overuse of antibiotics both for humans and animals. Most of Deadliest Enemy deals with the risk of virus pandemics but it also covers bacterial diseases.

Considering the importance of the messages in this book I very, very highly recommend Deadliest Enemy.

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  • Race Easy
  • 2017-07-24

"Band News Mike" is at it again!

Dr. Mike Osterholm was my infectious disease (ID) epidemiology professor in graduate school, and he was Minnesota State Epidemiologist when I started working as an epidemiologist in Minnesota. After I heard Mike give several presentations, I learned that I was always coming away with some sense of impending doom. Mike, who shares with us his moniker, "Bad News Mike", continues in that vein.

After listening to this book, I came away with a great concern about the impending ID epidemics, especially with antibiotic resistance and the need for a better vaccine development program (Mike shares how the economics of vaccine development are such that it needs government support to happen).

Mike shares many personal and professional stories within this book, which makes for an easy book to listen to.

I just wish the narrator had done his homework in learning pronunciation of Foege (fay-gee vs. foje) and WHO (W-H-O vs who)

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  • Slysne
  • 2020-03-16

Boy did he nail the CV-19 outbreak!

Tons of great info for sure, and a map of pandemic progression that will be super handy in the coming year.

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  • david
  • 2017-08-04

Not an alarmist

this book isn't written by someone out in left field. It is written by someone we all should listen to. Read this book to get a better understanding of our Enemy. My only hope is that government officials world wide will read this book and come up with a strategy. It's not just science, but many political and economic changes are needed to avert disaster. It didn't hurt that the book was written from someone in my home state. :-)

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  • Robert
  • 2020-03-19

everyone should read this.

Spooky but worthwhile. Osterholm called what is going on right now. If you want to find factual, real solutions to prevent a pandemic like Covid-19 from happening again, support what this scientist is doing.

When we come out of the other side of this virus we are going to have to have difficult discussions. We the public, have to inform ourselves. This book does a wonderful job of helping us, help our future.

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  • Deedra
  • 2020-03-15

Deadliest Enemy

I saw a video with the author on it yesterday.I went immediately and bought the book.He has been right SO many times,but no one listens,no one that can do anything anyway.This is an excellent book if you want to know about epidemiology of the outbreak of just about anything.Written before our curremt Covid-19 crisis,he is dead on, as to what is going on with our situation.It could have been lessened if not prevented had we had cautions in place.Whoever survives will once again forget and then do nothing,again. Jamie Renell was a terrific narrator.

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  • Julie Young
  • 2020-03-22

I wish this was a fever dream...

This book rightly makes me feel as if the current COVID-19 pandemic is just an elementary school fire drill. We need to wake up, fire our current leaders, and get on with the agenda of making the world a safer place to live a normal life. Thank you for your amazing career, Dr. Osterholm, and for the frankness and truth.

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  • my darkening
  • 2020-03-20

chilling scenarios now all too real with covid-19

Several chapters in the book about SARS
and MERS . Chilling scenerios are playing out now.. just as predicted in this book!

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  • 2018-02-07

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a wake up call for the Challenge to Mankind..
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