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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.
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 6 hours 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 10 hours 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 1 day 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 1 day ago by Kasey
This book was well written but the facts of the demon in the freezer is scary ... bioterrorism is something I hope this world does not see much of ... Read morePublished 1 day ago by miatagirl
I read this book immediately upon finishing the Hot Zone. I probably should have taken a couple of deep breaths in between books, but I forged ahead and learned more about... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Eloise Wallace
Every American should read this book written by this very talented author. I ordered this book after I finished Hot Zone.Published 2 days ago by M. J. Naylor
These books about Ebola, smallpox, and other devastating viruses and bacterial invasions are amazing! Especially this one, "The Demon in the Freezer. Read morePublished 3 days ago by christa porche