The Monster at Our Door

The Global Threat of Avian Flu by Mike Davis

  • Published: Aug 26, 2020

Award-winning writer, urban theorist, and historian Mike Davis presents an investigation of the looming avian flu pandemicand an in-depth exploration of how we arrived at the brink of a global health catastrophe. The virus known as H5N1 is now endemic among... read more

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Details of The Monster at Our Door

Exact title of the book
The Monster at Our Door
Book author
Mike Davis
ISBN
9780805081916
Publisher
Henry Holt and Co.
Published
Aug 22, 2006
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
240
File size (in PDF)
2160 kB

Some brief overview of book

Award-winning writer, urban theorist, and historian Mike Davis presents an investigation of the looming avian flu pandemicand an in-depth exploration of how we arrived at the brink of a global health catastrophe. The virus known as H5N1 is now endemic among poultry and wild bird populations in East Asia. A flu strain of astonishing lethality, it has a talent for transforming itself to foil the human immune systemand kills two out of every three people it infects.

The World Health Organization now warns that avian flu is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious form that could travel at pandemic velocity, killing up to 100 million people within two years. In The Monster at Our Door, the first book to sound this alarm, our foremost urban and environmental critic reconstructs the scientific and political history of this viral apocalypse in the making, exposing the central roles played by burgeoning slums, the agribusiness and fast-food industries, and corrupt governments. Mike Davis tracks the avian flu crisis as the virus moves west and the world remains woefully unprepared to contain it.

With drug companies unwilling to invest in essential vaccines, severe shortages persist, a scenario Davis compares to the sinking Titanic there are virtually no lifesaving resources available to the poor, and precious few for the rich, too. "BrilliantDaviss chapter explaining the viruss avidity for mutation is among the finest 10 pages of science journalism you are ever likely to readThe Monster at Our Door goes on to sketch a history of influenza from the 1918 outbreak to the present, addressing all the complex factors playing into the risk of a pandemic todayFascinating."The New York Times

About author

Mike Davis, "America's most incendiary urban critic,"London Review of Books is the author of many books, including the bestselling City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a professor at the University of California at Irvine, Davis lives in San Diego.

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