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Deadliest Enemy Reviews

Deadliest Enemy by Dr Michael Osterholm, Mark Olshaker

Deadliest Enemy

Our War Against Killer Germs

Dr Michael Osterholm, Mark Olshaker

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2 reviews

Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 14 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781529342222

'The infectious disease expert who predicted the spread of coronavirus' Daily Mail The USA Today Bestseller 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.

3 stars out of 5
18 Apr 2020

"This book, written before Covid-19, makes a powerful case for how to fight future epidemics"

The book is not a thing of stylistic beauty. The writing is clunky and there are weird, crunching gear changes from policy document to memoir. But we don’t remember Cassandra for her speaking voice, we remember her for her curse — she would know the future, and her warnings would be ignored. So with Bad News Mike, who wrote these words in the summer of 2016: “The world is living on borrowed time . . . Some time during the next president’s term, his or her national security team may be summoned to the Oval Office to discuss a catastrophic pandemic of historic proportions.” It happened: Troy is burning. But perhaps we can stop it from happening again.


4 stars out of 5
Anjana Ahuja
8 Apr 2020

"Deadliest Enemy will help to set the terms of that essential post-coronavirus conversation"

Osterholm has produced a sharp, persuasive and urgent manifesto for how the world needs to think differently about natural threats, offering a blueprint for setting priorities and explaining why the infrastructure of global health needs reconfiguring. The World Health Organisation lacks accountability; instead, he argues, there should be an equivalent of Nato for health. By chance, in a nod to WHO’s apparent impotence during the pandemic, the UK parliament’s foreign affairs select committee last week advocated a “G20 for public health”.