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 at the Battle of Yorktown? What has protected the lives of Popes for millennia?
The answer to all of these questions is the mosquito. She (only females bite) has killed half of all human beings who have ever lived, accounting for more deaths than any other cause. Across our planet since the dawn of mankind, 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. As the mosquito transformed the landscapes of civilization, humans were unwittingly required to respond to its piercing impact and universal projection of power.
The Mosquito is the extraordinary, untold story of the mosquito's reign through human history and her indelible impact on our modern world order. Were it not for the mosquito, Canada, America, Britain, and numerous other nations would not exist in their present form, and the victors of countless wars would have otherwise been defeated.
The estimated 100 trillion mosquitoes inhabiting every inch of the globe, save for Antarctica, Iceland, the Seychelles, and a handful of French Polynesian micro-islands, have killed an estimated 52 billion of the 108 billion humans across our existence. The mosquito has affected all facets of human history, and influenced the creation of the modern world order, including the United States and Canada.
Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling. The Mosquito will appeal to readers of Peter Wohlleben, Jeff Rubin, and Elizabeth Kolbert.
TIMOTHY WINEGARD is a professor of history and political science at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he teaches Western Civilizations, American History, the History of Indigenous Peoples, and a forthcoming class, The Mosquito: A World History. He has published four previous books, lectured on CSPAN, and has appeared on televised roundtables. Winegard is also a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail and The National Post. A Canadian, he received his doctorate from the University of Oxford and served nine years as an officer in the Canadian and British Forces.