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A world-leading epidemiologist shares his stories from the front lines of our war on infectious diseases and explains how to prepare for epidemics that can challenge world order.

Unlike natural disasters, whose destruction is concentrated in a limited area over a period of days, and illnesses, which have devastating effects but are limited to individuals and their families, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.

In today's world, it's easier than ever to move people, animals and materials around the planet, but the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. And as outbreaks of COVID-19, Ebola, MERS and Zika have demonstrated, we are woefully under-prepared to deal with the fallout. So what can - and must - we do in order to protect ourselves from mankind's deadliest enemy?

Drawing on the latest medical science, case studies, policy research and hard-earned epidemiological lessons, Deadliest Enemy explores the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safe from infectious disease. The authors show how we could wake up to a reality in which many antibiotics no longer cure, bio-terror is a certainty and the threat of a disastrous influenza or coronavirus pandemic looms ever larger. Only by understanding the challenges we face can we prevent the unthinkable from becoming the inevitable.

Deadliest Enemy is high scientific drama, a chronicle of medical mystery and discovery, a reality check and a practical plan of action.

©2017 Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Super relevant right now

Well argued blend of science and politics. Gave me a deeper understanding of the corona pandemic and how it can be fought.

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A must listen for our times...

This was a tough listen, only because we are living out what is eerily accurately described by Osterholm. I will absolutely listen to this again soon, if only to digest more of what this incredibly important message is. Highly recommended.

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Everyone should be listening to this audiobook!

This is one of the most important books of the 21st Century. our fight on infectious diseases should be one of the biggest priorities of world government, next to climate change. The time for defence spending is over. Every government in the world should heed the advice given here and implement the necessary changes to confront the next crisis

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What should unite us...

If anything could unite this divided world?... the topic of this book covers it... The challenge is ambitious, to say the least.... and failure will without doubt be unthinkable. Not bedtime reading unless you love a good catastrophe... An insight into a world although topical at the moment... a world unknown to me at least until all this ‘pandemic’ stuff kicked off and changed the familiar to the nostalgic... Well, you'll certainly be a lot more respectful of just how much work is done behind the scenes by some really heroic unsung hero's endeavoring to keep us all alive and healthy...

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A must read in current covid19 climate

This will not only explain about different diseases but why we seem to be so ill prepared.

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Educational

This book is fascinating and terrifying. It's also quite educational for those working in healthcare

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fascinating, no deep medical knowledge needed

Listened to Osterholm on Rogan, picked up his book after and just finished it. Brilliant book, he's predicted all of this pandemic situation down to the smallest details. Interesting personal accounts of his journey in epidemiology, starting out with him being involved with the early discovery of HIV. Lot's of balanced discussion on vaccines that put many conspiricies straight to bed to. Fascinating accounts from problems around the world and a worrying look into the future (antibiotic resistant bacteria etc). Reccomended!

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A stark warning of our lack of preparedness

I feel like if only the heads of state of the G20 would have read this on its release we may not be experiencing a pandemic of this magnitude. Very informative, highlights some massive failings in our preparedness for such pandemics and the massive risks that we face in the future. Very well put together for the average joe reading this to.

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Essential to understand the COVID-19 pandemic

After reading the book, it becomes clear our governments didn't take seriously warnings of public health specialists about the threat of a pandemic and the advices to get prepared for that. Unfortunately, our politicians were completely wrong and the epidemiologists right. The book is very clear and readable by person. It also gives perspective on what more we can expect in future pandemics and health crisis the world inevitably will face.

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