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The Mosquito

A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
Written by: Timothy C. Winegard
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins

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Publisher's Summary

"Hugely impressive, a major work." (NPR)

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.

©2019 Timothy C. Winegard (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • NLSharp1943
  • 2019-08-17

What a great education!

The near total integration of the mosquito and humanity is a fastening story, which, in my opinion should be understood by all persons in search of life on earth!

Being well written and narrated added to the experience!

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  • CAS
  • 2019-08-15

Needs editing

Some good material but way too much repetition. 'The mosquito did X. When the mosquto did X, Y happened. Previous clause unnecessarily repeated. Needs basic editing and shortening.

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  • David Maher
  • 2019-08-18

Anxious about awful alliteration

Seriously somebody please burn Deakins' thesaurus. The content is interesting, but the constant alliteration and unnecessarily flowery verbage is really distracting

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