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
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  • 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...

  • Nicole von Buelow

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

  • Keen

    2.5 Stars!“The mosquito has killed more people than any other cause of death in human history. Statistical extrapolation situates mosquito-inflicted deaths approaching half of all humans that have e...

  • 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...

  • Kat

    An important thing to keep in mind before reading further:This book is not a biology/parasitology/virology/epidemiology book. This is a history book (it says so on the front cover) written by a histor...

  • Scott Martin

    (Audiobook) Before reading this book, I would often think of the mosquito as the spawn of Satan, with its annoyance, its relentless biting and all that mosquito bites lead to as far as disease. After ...

  • 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...

  • Barry

    Interesting political and military history but sadly light on natural history and science. Gratuitously breezy writing, an annoying overabundance of contemporary cultural references, and an unmitigate...

  • Behrak

    Could not finish this and quit half way.My issues with it:- Starts very poorly as far as I am concerned... I am Zoroastrian. Calling Zoroastrians at the very beginning "fire-worshipping" (one of only ...

  • Melanie Ullrich

    Super interesting book when it wasn't an in depth world history lesson...which was most of it unfortunately....