Timothy C. Winegard
New York Times Bestseller
A sweeping history of the world, from a perspective every Canadian who has ever swatted a mosquito will understand.
Why 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 was George Washington’s secret weapon during the American Revolution? Why did Scotland surrender its sovereignty to England? What has protected the lives of Popes for millennia?
The answer to all of these questions, and many more, is the mosquito. Across our planet since the dawn of humankind, this nefarious pest, roughly the size and weight of a grape seed, has been at the frontlines of history as the grim reaper, the harvester of human populations, and the ultimate agent of historical change.
The mosquito has determined the fates of empires and nations, razed and crippled economies, and decided the outcome of pivotal wars, killing nearly half of humanity along the way. She (only females bite) has dispatched an estimated 52 billion people from a total of 108 billion throughout our relatively brief existence. As the greatest scourge we have ever known, she has played a greater role in shaping our human story than any other living thing with which we share our global village.
The Mosquito is the extraordinary, untold story of the mosquito’s reign through human history and her indelible impact on our modern world order. Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling, The Mosquito will appeal to readers of Peter Wohlleben, Jeff Rubin, and Elizabeth Kolbert.