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Walkley Award-winning journalist Sharri Markson is the investigations editor at The Australian and host of prime-time show Sharri on Sky News Australia.

The origins of COVID-19 are shrouded in mystery. Scientists and government officials insisted, for a year and a half, that the virus had a natural origin, ridiculing anyone who dared contradict this view. Tech giants swept the internet, censoring and silencing debate in the most extreme fashion. Yet it is undeniable that a secretive facility in Wuhan was immersed in genetically manipulating bat-coronaviruses in perilous experiments. And as soon as the news of an outbreak in Wuhan leaked, the Chinese military took control and gagged all laboratory insiders. 

Part-thriller, part-expose, What Really Happened in Wuhan is a groundbreaking investigation from leading journalist Sharri Markson into the origins of COVID-19, the cover-ups, the conspiracies and the classified research. It features never-before-seen primary documents exposing China's concealment of the virus, fresh interviews with whistleblower doctors in Wuhan, and crucial eyewitness accounts that dismantle what we thought we knew about when the outbreak hit.

With unprecedented access to Washington insiders, Markson takes you inside the White House, with senior Trump lieutenants, revealing firsthand accounts of fiery Oval Office clashes and new stories of compromised government advisors and censored scientists.

Bravely reported and chillingly laid out, Markson brings to light the stories of the pandemic from the people on the ground: the scientists and national security officials who raised uncomfortable truths and were labelled conspiracy theorists, until government agencies began to suspect they might have been right all along. These brave individuals persisted through bruising battles and played a crucial role in investigating the origins of COVID-19 to, finally, in this book, bring us closer to the truth of what really happened in Wuhan.

©2021 Sharri Markson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Everyone should listen to this

This is a very comprehensive, well-researched book. It doesn't conclusively say it was a lab accident but there is a lot of circumstantial evidence that points to it from website links being deleted to the uniqueness this virus has for humans as opposed to other animals (which suggests it was engineered) to the lab's links to bioterrorism. Everyone should read and make their own opinion. The way this was handled is incredibly important to understand. Mainstream science essentially shut down the lab origin theory so Trump would not be elected. It was only after the evidence was so overwhelming that Biden reinstated the investigation. I really can't stand when people say "Trust the science." It is as political if not more political than anything else. We find that Americans including Fauci and Peter Deszack were funneling taxpayer money into the Wuhan Lab for testing and therefore had an incredible conflict of interest to rule a lab accident out of the realm of possibility. We find that Facebook and Twitter shutdown discussion about the lab origin story and only have recently allowed. What happened to free speech. The left wing media never gave the lab origin story any incredibility. Finally, people need to wake up and understand China is a real threat. They are an authoritarian state which competes aggressively with the US. They do not have our best interest at hand. We need to be very mindful of them. Personally, what worries me the most is that in the US the truth no longer matters. It's whatever is convenient for somebody's narrative that matters. We desperately need to move away from that. We are not perfect but we are still the last, best hope for the world.

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Amazing Run Down & Investigative Journalism

Great Book with a very Good Narrator. An Australian accent is always a treat to hear.

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(1) Eco Health Alliance, Peter Daszak, Tony Fauci, and Gain of Function in Wuhan
(2) Why was the Wuhan International Airport open to fly people to Europe and Around the World, After the Outbreak?
(3) Why did Europe stall on travel banning China after the USA and Australia?
(4) Peter Navarro vs Tony Fauci, one did not want to travel ban China or suggest masks
(5) Why Trump's inconsistency of praising, doubting, trusting, and blaming China's management and partnership? Probably, Trump politically bailed out Xi Jingping and crippled his re-election chances.
(6) Why the WHO never had the "World's" best interest, they mostly considered China's interest.
(7) Why the scientific virus origin research of Dr Petrovsky was so challenging to publish - particularly how the Virus is more compatible to human infection than any other animal - binding to human ACE2.
(8) Why the Furin Cleavage Site of the virus is a finger print of genetic engineering
(9) Why did China stall on letting others study the Virus genome and forbid foreign medical observers - even as they allowed international travel from Wuhan?
(10) Leaders with silly decision criteria - "Travel bans are Xenophobic", "It will go away with warm weather", "criticizing China is racist", and "People don't know how to use masks"

Ultimately, a very good investment of time.

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Wow!

It is very informative and fact based. My heart is heavy and I wept more than once at the selflessness of the whistleblowers. It is stunning to me that hatred of Trump and pure greed caused this level of destruction and obfuscation in the West. The number of people who engaged in CYA propaganda at the expense of so many lives is extremely demoralizing. Thanks Sharri.

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Clear, concise, science.

A must read for everyone! Good science and well sourced information by the author. Thank you, Ms. Markson.

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Connecting The Dots in a Consumable Way

Since first becoming aware of WIV in 2020, I've sought follow the investigation and findings that potentially connected the WIV to COVID. There is a labyrinth of details and arguments for and against, Markson puts the information together in a consumable way. The books is interesting and easy to listen to.

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Best nonfiction this nonfiction nerd has ever read

It’s possible this book uncovers activities that could lead to another US Civil War or World War. However, I believe anyone who seeks the truth should read it and be informed. This author deserves many awards but my wish for her is safety.

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impressive research

Vast range of impressive material let down by the mispronunciation of Chinese and English words

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Difficult to put down.

A compelling case against the CCP. Does not answer the question of malignanc versus incompetence and coverup. And does not explain the complicity of Western elites and the MSM . My guess would be to "follow the money". Hopefully a book 2 for that.

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A Must-Read

Sharri Markson forensically pieces together all the available, unclassified evidence regarding the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Her findings will make your blood boil, as you hear of the incompetence, corruption, self-interest and criminal negligence that contributed to 4.8 millions deaths globally due to this respiratory pandemic.

Markson's writing is engaging at every turn and she makes some esoteric but relevant science available to a lay audience. She weighs the available evidence in a broadly objective fashion, with a minimum of bias. A definitive conclusion is not possible, but the balance of evidence is made clear.

The reader's performance is in clear, pleasant, Australian English.

I would regard this as a must-read for anyone with an interest in the origins of the present global pandemic, which one imagines ought to be everyone on the planet. Markson is able to cut through the obfuscation and politics to lay before you evidence that a lot of people don't want you to know.

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  • 10-14-21

Wow! Just Wow.

Remember, Martha Stewart went to prison because she erased one appointment from her calendar, to cover up an insider stock purchase. If Sherri Markson is mostly correct, what should happen to some of the most “trusted” scientists in America?

If this Austrian investigative journalist is right, more than a few folks might want to start packing their luggage. Exactly what happened in Wuhan might never be completely uncovered, because the evidence was apparently destroyed.

What a start.
A Washington DC dinner party, on November 22, 2019, is the opening salvo, perfectly placed to let you know, you might not know what really happened in Wuhan!

How Sherri Markson has this audio book published, and included the infamous debate between Drs Fauci and Paul during a U.S. Senate hearing only a few weeks ago, is beyond me.

Listen closely. Back it up and listen again. Then ask yourself why we’re hearing this from an Australian journalist, not an American journalist?

Sherri might not have everything exactly correct, but God Bless her for taking on this subject. And for asking the questions so many other’s were afraid to ask!

This is likely the most important/timely Audible book I’ve ever heard!

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  • 10-09-21

OMG 😱 read read read

an astoundingly researched, written and explained book, i could not stop listening and am going back for round two as this is so detailed and I need to absorb this again, share this, read it

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  • Kerri J Robb
  • 10-05-21

Investigative Journalism at its Best

This investigation by Sharri Markson restores my faith that there are still journalists out there who are willing to expose the truth despite personal attacks and present to us a comprehensive and detailed examination of the facts so that we may inform ourselves as well as be guided by her conclusions. This is the book that will be referenced by researchers and school texts in the decades to come (if China hasn't taken over the world!).

I feel both validated and enriched by having read/listened to this book.

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  • Mark G.
  • 10-17-21

Finally an alternative narrative

This book becomes more incredible with each page. The fact that 2 years into this pandemic and it has only now surfaced is a disgrace to so called journalism and media which has become nothing more than partisan opinion without fact. Well Done Shari.

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  • Cassandra
  • 09-30-21

Stunning proof that Beijing released the CCP lab virus

A stunning tour de force by Sharri Markson that details the global crime of the century.

From the very first chapter of this extraordinary book, it is clear that Beijing - having funded bioweapons research in Wuhan for decades - conspired to cover-up and knowingly spread the CCP lab virus.

Non-fiction book of the Year? Definitely.

Non-fiction book of the century? It’s hard to argue otherwise after the death of nearly 10 million innocent civilians.

The truly definitive story of the CCP lab virus.

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  • Ryan Jones
  • 10-28-21

Interesting listen

This book provides quite a detailed insight to the potential origins of Covid-19 and without refutable evidence to shoot some of the strong and quite believable circumstantial evidence down one has to think that the origin of the virus is not natural. The CCP need to open up and show the world that this wasn’t their fault but I doubt they ever will.
By the way York is East of Manchester not West

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  • Benny Paleoski
  • 10-27-21

Astounding research, exciting, entertaining.

This is a monumental work that every intelligent person needs to listen to (or read). Erudite and entertaining, the thoroughness of the research is astounding. The pace is good and the detective work is as exciting as any movie. The research development and writing are worthy of any scientific journal. Truly a great purchase.
It weaves together the narratives from Wuhan, from Chinese politics, American politics, world politics, science politics (!) and an enormous number of scientific sources from East and West.
The phenomenal determination of Markson to get to the truth is inspiring, she has relentlessly tracked down many sources that have been censored or removed from the web. Few could overcome the obstacles she has.

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  • Chris Williams
  • 10-27-21

Better than I expected

I've read the Andy Slavitt, Michael Lewis and several other books on Covid. I thought this one was a refreshing change and covered new territory.
Really well researched...(citing The Daily Mail at times though was a bit offputting. )
For some reason, I found it hard to stay interested. My mind kept wandering or I'd just tune out. Not sure if It was the narrator, the writing style or if I was in the wrong headspace that week. I'll revisit it at some stage in the hope of better retention. Well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-21

A chilling reveal of COVID and media biases.

I feel embarrassed that I believed most of the mainstream media coverage of the COVID-19 origin.
This book ties together China’s history of government censorship of free speech whilst showing their dangerous biological programs that likely caused the disease of our lifetime. It also explains how and why western authorities failed to blow the whistle on the coverup.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-24-21

was worth the listen

Well presented, totally interesting. and believable. I felt the story could have ended sooner than it did, At times it felt like the content repeated itself. The acknowledgements were a little long winded. Other than that, great work.

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  • Gillian Shippen
  • 10-21-21

Comprehensive and informative

This is certainly a comprehensive investigation and deserves to be recognised for the work that has gone into trying to discover how we have got to where we are today with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic
Well done to the author and the people that assisted and supported this important tome