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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.
These books about Ebola, smallpox, and other devastating viruses and bacterial invasions are amazing! Especially this one, "The Demon in the Freezer. Read morePublished 1 day ago by christa porche
In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, this book is a sobering reminder that a deliberate or carelessly released pandemic is just a moment away.Published 3 days ago by R. Weissler
I picked up this book because I loved the Hot Zone-by the same author! Holy cow, this book was scary! I couldn't put it down and am still thinking about it months later! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Alyssa
This book covers some of the history of smallpox, one of the deadliest diseases known to man. It swept the globe in its heyday with an extreme death rate. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jamie W.
Another excellent book from Richard Preston. Easy read, spine chilling and factual. If you like virus dilemmas you will love this.Published 10 days ago by KiwiLA
On one hand, The Demon in the Freezer is a must read book, because the story it tells is essential information for anyone living today--particularly if you live in a democracy... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Santa Barbara Yann
Non-fiction is always more riveting and entertaining, to me, than works of fiction. This is a true, factual series of stories that involve the eradication of smallpox - the most... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Boldene
Timely read. Get it and read if you want to learn about hemorrhagic filovirus illnesses. Much like the book the "Hot Zone" this book is a very technical read. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Tempest