The Mosquito by Timothy C. Winegard

The Mosquito

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 fateWhy 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 d...

Details The Mosquito

TitleThe Mosquito
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherAllen Lane
GenreNonfiction, Science, History, Animals, Environment, Nature, Historical

Reviews The Mosquito

  • 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 on this annoying little bug. The book includes pictures of different types of mosquitoes, what sort of attributes to look for, etc.I found this book fascinating. There were so many things I didn't realize that history was shaped by, one of which being...
  • 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, with some cultural and social trappings thrown in for good measure. A promising opening few chapters drew me in, but by the time I hit chapter 3 or so, the whole story started to feel like a grind. Almost every chapter focused on some military campaig...
  • Nicole von Buelow
    More like a long book about military history with malaria thrown in
  • Christopher Kennedy
    Timothy Winegard offers a unique and incredibly articulate perspective on the history of humankind pertaining to the mosquito. He charts the impact that the mosquito has had on the outcomes of major events, including the fall of ancient empires and the American Civil War, successfully arguing that the mosquito has changed the course of history. Winegards breadth of knowledge is something to be admired.
  • Justin
    Received the arc from Netgalley for free in exchange for a review.You can find my full review here:
  • Jill Elizabeth
    What a fascinating book this was!! I kept reading/reciting the facts aloud to whomever was in the room or nearby when I read - there are so many intriguing and surprising things to learn here, that I felt compelled to share them. It took me a while to read - it's long and there's a LOT of information here, but it is packaged very well, although I did occasionally find that I needed to take a short break for something a little less death-and-disea...
  • 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 shows a good sense of humor in his writing, but otherwise I found his writing slighted stilted and lacking the conversational tone I like in science writing. I also found that the book took long irrelevant detours through history, so there were pages I j...
  • Annette Jordan
    A fascinating social history, The Mosquito by Timothy Wineguard takes the reader on an enthralling journey through time and examines the unexpectedly dramatic impact of this tiny but deadly creature. While the role of the mosquito as a carrier of disease is well known, I had not realised the significance of this in the shaping of wold history, but from ancient Greece and Rome, to Genghis Khan and his Mongol horde, through the American Revolution ...
  • Nancy
    The Outsize Role of the Mosquito in the Sweep of Human HistoryFor a tiny insect the mosquito has had a major role in shaping human history. Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus, and other diseases are caused by agents injected into the human host by one or another of the species of mosquitoes in the environment. The early chapters of the book give a graphic description of the diseases and suffering. It makes you want to wear prote...
  • Dennis Hogan
    Finished The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard, a non-fiction gem. Winegard adds a unique vision of historical events impacted by disease spread by mosquitoes from antiquity. I was particularly taken by the notion that slavery flourished in the Caribbean and American south because a genetic adaption (sickle cell) allowed Africans to survive deadly malaria and yellow fever epidemics that killed European set...
  • Donna Huber
    If you ever wanted an overview of human history from the beginning to present day, then this is the book to pick up. It isn't science history and there are large chunks where the mosquito and its deadly diseases aren't even mentioned. A lot of focus on battles and wars. It was an interesting and educational read. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads.
  • Amber Spencer
    This was an interesting book. I was really into parts and was bored and wondering where things were going at other parts. Debating between 3-4 stars.
  • Melanie Ullrich
    Super interesting book when it wasn't an in depth world history lesson...which was most of it unfortunately.
  • Theresa Leone Davidson
    Everything you could possibly want to know, and a great deal you probably did not want to know, about the mosquito. Its impact on humans throughout history is fascinating. Definitely recommend!
  • Sheree | Keeping Up With The Penguins
    If you like your non-fiction niche, but comprehensive, I’ve got the book for you! The Mosquito, by Timothy C. Winegard, offers a new perspective on the whole of human history, told through those buzzy critters that ruin every sunset barbecue. Text Publishing was kind enough to send me a copy for review, and I wish they’d sent a reminder to warn everyone in my life that they were about to get hit with a barrage of mosquito-related fun facts.On...
  • Clazzzer C
    Oh my goodness, who would have thought there was quite so much to know about the pesky mosquito. I suffer badly when bitten, hence my piqued interest. These really are fascinating creatures and unfortunately so deadly throughout history to have been the cause of death of billions of people since time began. The history of the mosquito and how their bites- from the female of the species- contributed to outcome of so many periods in history. This r...
  • Justin
    ***I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.***From the mosquitos possible impact on the extinction of the dinosaurs, to the famous battlefields of history and the scientific advancements made to stop their spread of disease, readers will be given an engaging account of the mosquitos silent war against humanity.You can find my full review in the links provided.Rating: 4 stars. Would recommend to a friend.
  • Marcia
    A detailed, but fascinating look at the tiny mosquito and its role in the course of human history. So many interesting examples of how these insects have changed the course of history.
  • Cindy Lauren
    Love this book. I love science and history, so the only thing that would have made me not like the book was how it was written. This author is delightful. His tone, attitude and moments of snark make this a totally fun read.It is chock a block full of facts, biology, history, public health, medical history, insect history and more, The author packages facts with explanation, his choice of vocabulary is excellent. I love his attitude as well, a co...
  • Whitney
    This book was absolutely splendid. I received it yesterday(!) and couldn't put it down. That hasn't happened to me in AGES. Winegard has made an informative, readable study of the mosquito that also provides a compelling new lens into various stages of history. I was initially drawn to this book because I am researching yellow fever in early America, but I think this is one a book that pretty much anybody with an interest in health and history wo...
  • Nv
    This was fun. I'm not sure how much of it was expostfacto fitted at best or spurious at worst, because there seemed to be a lot of '...and malaria' appended to events of death that I've never associated with mosquitoes, and I am far too jaded to be mindblown by such an incredible journey of little known facts when I can instead be cynical about its veracity. Even so, this was a lot of fun. I got the distinct feeling of one of those alternate-hist...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    What a fascinating book this was!! I kept reading/reciting the facts aloud to whomever was in the room or nearby when I read - there are so many intriguing and surprising things to learn here, that I felt compelled to share them. It took me a while to read - it's long and there's a LOT of information here, but it is packaged very well, although I did occasionally find that I needed to take a short break for something a little less death-and-disea...
  • Jason Park
    A terrific subject and stirring information are tethered to a book that unfortunately loses credibility as you dig deeper. My full review:
  • MuskogeePastor Umc
    Excellent book with information all of us need to know and beware of. Great writer with facts that are convincing and disturbing. A must read.
  • Ben
    Winegard is untrustworthy. He exaggerates constantly and seems to be numerically illiterate. For example, > Roman society was hampered in all directions, with fewer than half of infants surviving childhood. Life expectancy for those who beat the odds was a dismal twenty to twenty-five years. No, life expectancy for those who survived childhood was 50. Overall life expectancy was 25 because half died in childhood. How can you write a book about di...
  • Infinity's Bookshelf
    I was browsing NetGalley for new titles to branch out my reading and I came across this book and immediately my interest was peaked. I have always been interested by natural histories, especially ones written in narrative form. This book tells the story of how mosquitoes shaped historical events from the dawn of civilization to the current day and that concept sounds so interesting.Since I have never written a review of a non-fiction book this re...
  • Ailith Twinning
    Definitely feels like it's riding the wave of them books like Salt - exaggerated narratives (that might be redundant) of a single fact of the materialist structure of history, presented as the thread of history itself. I mean, it was pretty fun, but it's not a stand-alone work. You read this after you already know these histories, and you kinda blend it in a bit with what you've already got. Not sure what the word for that is, if there is one, bu...
  • Brandi Snell
    This is an interesting book. I enjoyed the trip through history.
  • Jim
    A long book.
  • George
    Fascinating story, somewhat spoiled by frequent partisan snarkiness.