Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prizewinning author. Her writing on science, politics, and human rights has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured on Radiolab, Fresh Air, and TED, where her talk "Three Reasons We Still Haven't Gotten Rid of Malaria" has been viewed by more than 900,000 people around the world. Her 2010 book, The Fever, which was called a "tour-de-fource history of malaria" (The New York Times), "rollicking" (Time), and "brilliant" (The Wall Street Journal), was long-listed for the Royal Society's Winton Prize.
Praise for Pandemic
Shah's book should be required reading. --The New York Review of BooksThe world's ability to put the lid on pandemics has come a long way since the days when the plague, cholera and smallpox ravaged unchecked. Ms Shah's book is a superbly written account of how we got here and what might await us. --The Economist[Shah] has succeeded in producing a lively, rigorously researched and highly informative read. --The Wall Street Journal"Investigative science journalist Shah (The Fever, 2011) is at it again, and if the words, and beyond, in her latest book's subtitle don't grab a reader's attention, they should . . . Yes, Shah is back and in rare form. And this time it's personal."--Donna Chavez, Booklist (starred review)"Shrewdly articulated . . . thought-provoking and well-documented" --Nature Microbiology"[A] grounded, bracingly intelligent study" --Nature"Shah proves a disquieting Virgil, guiding us through the hells ruled by [infectious diseases] . . . the power of Shah's account lies in her ability to track simultaneously the multiple dimensions of the public-health crises we are facing." --The Chicago Tribune"In this absorbing, complex, and ominous look at the dangers posed by pathogens in our daily lives, science journalist Shah (The Fever) cautions that there are no easy solutions . . . Shah's warning is certainly troubling, and this important medical and social history is worthy of attention--and action. --Publishers WeeklyPraise for The Fever"An often rollicking read . . . Shah has put together an engrossing cast of doctors, malariologists and historical figures." --TIM MORRISON, Time"Sonia Shah 's tour-de-force history of malaria will convince you that the real sound track to our collective fate [is] the syncopated whine-slap, whine-slap of man and mosquito duking it out over the eons." --ABIGAIL ZUGER, M . D ., The New York Times"This insightful book explores the human struggle with malaria not just from a scientific angle, which is cogently detailed without being overwhelming, but also from sociological and anthropological perspectives . . . Shah is to be commended." --DENNIS ROSEN, The Boston Globe"The lessons of history should give us pause . . . Many [issues] are brilliantly exposed in Ms. Shah's book ." -- W. F . B YNUM, The Wall Street Journal"Meticulously researched and passionately written . . . One of this year 's most significant science books for the general reader." --DAVID WALTON, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)"A fascinating history . . . Insightful, even revelatory." --WENDY ORENT, The New Republic