Breathless The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus

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Publisher's Synopsis


From the author of Spillover, the book that predicted the pandemic, Breathless
is the story of Covid-19 and its fierce journey through the human population, as seen by the scientists tasked with fighting it.

Bestelling author David Quammen draws on countless interviews with experts, including leading virologists, to take us inside the global race to understand SARS-CoV-2, it's ever-changing nature and capacity to kill. In doing so, he explains how new viruses emerge when we disrupt ecosystems and suggests why the coronavirus may be here to stay.

By peering over the shoulders of the brilliant scientists leading the chase, Breathless uncovers the warnings from infectious diseases experts that went unheeded; and which clues are the most compelling in the hunt for the virus' origin.

'A viral howdunnit that is pacy and unafraid to educate readers' Observer

'A luminous, passionate account of the defining crisis of our time' New York Times

'A classic...a masterpiece' Stanley Prusiner, Nobel Prize Winner

'As close to authoritative history as we have... It reads like a real-time thriller' Chicago Tribune

About the Publisher



Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529114188
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 616.24144
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: x, 432
Weight: 358g
Height: 128mm
Width: 199mm
Spine width: 33mm