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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.
The book is an interesting read, but a little sensationalized. However, it does scare the pants off you if you're at all worried about biological warfare.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I devoured his other book, The Hot Zone, in 24 hours. While Demon in a Freezer isn't quite as good as The Hot Zone, it still was a terrific book. Read morePublished 16 days ago by J. Garaguso
Oh my, this book scared me, it really could happen. The poor monkeys, they deserve a better function then test subjects. I liked the book despite that.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very quick clear, read. I'm now very curious to find out more about how the anthrax letters cased turned out. So much to learn!Published 26 days ago by Bo Pryor
This was a gift for my daughter-in-law who is studying Microbiology. She was travelling overseas and read it twice!Published 27 days ago by Suzy Q
A good, quick read. But structurally, I got the sense the anthrax story didn't have enough content for a full book - it starts out as a compelling investigation into the Anthrax... Read morePublished 29 days ago by ProfKP