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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.
Couldn't put it down. Terrifying and comforting all at the same time to know how much we know about Smallpox.Published 11 hours ago by Anna Kelly
The Demon in the Freezer reads like a work of fiction, full of surprises and suspense. I read it during the latest Ebola crisis, and it freaked me out more than any fiction horror... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Zamil Akhtar
Great author, I had great time reading this book, I found it harder to put down than any fictional book I've ever read. It's a must read.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
For a microbiology course I took this spring semester we were told to choose a book to read from off of a table in our school library. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bethany
This book paints a pretty gruesome picture of what could happen if someone were to get their hands on a biological weapon such as anthrax or smallpox. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shannon K. Rigsby
3 cheer!s for Richard Preston. Here is another amazing true storty in the creepy realms of disease. It reads like a novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer