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A ground-breaking work of narrative non-fiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on human history.
What was George Washington’s secret weapon during the American Revolution, and how did it lead to Britain colonising Australia? What protected Popes for centuries? And what does Starbucks have to thank for its global domination?
The answer to all these questions, and many more, is the mosquito.
The mosquito has razed economies, determined the fates of empires and decided the outcome of pivotal wars. She—only females bite—has dispatched an estimated 52 billion people from a total of 108 billion ever to have lived. As the greatest purveyor of extermination we have known, she has played a greater role in shaping our history than any other living creature.
The Mosquito is the extraordinary story of how a tiny bloodsucking fly indelibly changed our world. Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling, it will appeal to readers of Peter Wohlleben and Elizabeth Kolbert—and to anyone who has swatted at one of the 110 trillion mosquitoes buzzing about the Earth.
‘Written as a big-picture, impersonal history–think Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel…The Mosquito serves up an eye-opening, deeply alarming, and absolutely engrossing view of humanity’s most tenacious foe.’
‘Hugely impressive, a major work.’
‘With the deeply researched Mosquito…[Winegard] uses the bellicose insect to tie together a fascinating, sprawling history — from dinosaurs to the banned insecticide DDT.’