The Mosquito with Timothy Winegard

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join expert Timothy Winegard for a riveting history and discussion of one of our closest and most present neighbors: the mosquito!

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 has protected the lives of popes for millennia? Why did Scotland surrender its sovereignty to England? What was George Washington's secret weapon during the American Revolution?

The answer to all 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. 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 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 purveyor of extermination 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.

Imagine for a moment a world without deadly mosquitoes, or any mosquitoes, for that matter? Our history and the world we know, or think we know, would be completely unrecognizable. Driven by surprising insights and fast-paced storytelling, The Mosquito is the extraordinary untold story of the mosquito's reign through human history and her indelible impact on our modern world order.


Timothy C. Winegard, PhD, received his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Western Ontario and his Bachelor of Education in history and English from Nipissing University. Winegard went on to earn his Master of Arts in war studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and his PhD in history from the University of Oxford. An instructor of history at Colorado Mesa University, Winegard teaches United States History, Comparative Politics, Western Civilizations and a milestone class on the historical and current implications of oil. Arriving at CMU in 2012 from his native Canada, he is also the head coach of the CMU men's hockey team.

Winegard served nine years as an officer in the Canadian and British Forces, and is the author of four books and numerous articles and chapters in the fields of both military history and indigenous/native peoples. His main areas of interest, research and writing include military history, global indigenous peoples and cultures, North American colonial history and the comparative history of British settler-societies. He teaches a variety of courses in history and political science. Winegard has traveled extensively across the globe for research, pleasure and with the military, and is an avid Detroit Lions and Detroit Red Wings fan. When not teaching, researching, writing, or coaching, his remaining time is spent with his wife and son.

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The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524743413
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - August 6th, 2019