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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.
This story was too disjointed to follow. Preston also repeats a lot of the technical background and jargon from his other books. This one was confusing. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by txxi
waiting for the book (must be tons being shipped--mine due tomorrow) based 1994 read of preston's hot zone and Hoffman's "dead hand", 2009, this "freezer" read... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kenneth W. Kostolecki
This book is just a terrifying as The Hot Zone. A must read. I was not able to put the book down. The author's writing is detailed enough so that you can easily visualize what... Read morePublished 3 days ago by jt
Most of the time truth is stranger (and more interesting) than fiction. Preston details the research going on in the world of biological warfare and outlines how heroic men and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by L. Naylor
awesome book it really make you think about viruses and how they destroy human body. I never thought smallpox was that bad and just be thinking that anyone could have it and make... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nadia Cardona
I had to read this book after having finished "The Hot Zone." It was a very interesting and we'll written book about smallpox. Read morePublished 7 days ago by sue noe
Nearly as good the "The Hot Zone" but not quite. Mostly covers small pox samples that are stored in facilities around the world and the surrounding ethical and terrorist... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dave
After reading The Hot Zone, picking up this book was a no-brainer. I finished this in less than a day. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kasey