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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.
Much like the book the "Hot Zone" this book is a very technical read.
"The Demon in the Freezer" is a chilly story about the eradication of smallpox and how and why there are still samples of it existing in our world.
You really feel every moment of this book and may even find your palms sweating just thinking about the situation at hand.
Great book, there is so much we do not know about our government when it comes to germ warfare. I wonder what went on after this book was written. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Magua
Very good book - as always Richard Preston doesn't disappoint me.Published 4 days ago by Kathy Kacmar
I am currently reading this now and it is extremely good. Very hard to put down. Just like "The Hot Zone" you could easily stay up all night reading it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by pdogmum
As a retired medical professional, I've long suspected that the major threat to humanity are not atomic weapons but micro-organisms. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Donnel Owen
This book describes the true terror that mankind has endured for centuries and quite possibly intentionally inflected again as true acts of terror.Published 12 days ago by Michael M. Murders
I have never been a fan of science but mr Preston writes in such a way that I could not put the book down except to sleep. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lulane
Amazing stories of how many dangerous viruses are kept in cold, frozen storage in many countries and how the threat of biological and chemical warfare are so close at hand. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mary K. Minjeur
Richard Preston's history of Small Pox reads like a detective thriller. The Anthrax mystery is blended-in. Read this book.Published 17 days ago by Paul Allen