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A longtime contributor to The New Yorker and author of the bestseller The Hot Zone, Preston is a skillful journalist whose work flows like a science fiction thriller. Based on extensive interviews with smallpox experts, health workers, and members of the U.S. intelligence community, The Demon in the Freezer details the history and behavior of the virus and how it was eventually isolated and eradicated by the heroic individuals of the World Health Organization. Preston also explains why a battle still rages between those who want to destroy all known stocks of the virus and those who want to keep some samples alive until a cure is found. This is a bitterly contentious point between scientists. Some worry that further testing will trigger a biological arms race, while others argue that more research is necessary since there are currently too few available doses of the vaccine to deal with a major outbreak. The anthrax scare of October, 2001, which Preston also writes about in this book, has served to reinforce the present dangers of biological warfare.
As Preston eloquently states in this powerful book, this scourge, once contained, was let loose again due to human weakness: "The virus's last strategy for survival was to bewitch its host and become a source of power. We could eradicate smallpox from nature, but we could not uproot the virus from the human heart." --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
riveting, scarey and very thought provoking. Could not put it down.Published 4 days ago by P. Carlson
Interesting read, in the same genre as others like The Viral StormPublished 5 days ago by Kathleen M Gass Shea
This book makes you look at people and the world your living in completely different. Knowledge is power but sometimes ignorance is bliss.Published 10 days ago by N. Medina
Well I just finished reading Ebola: Natural Remedies + Government Conspiracies and The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus Once again, just... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Non fiction horror story waiting to happen. A quick read with just the right amount of detail. Let's hope somewhere someone comes up with a better vaccine.Published 19 days ago by xxlsoup