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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, July 20, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Popular science writing at its best and the year's most infectious page-turner."
"A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall."
- Lexile measure : 1030L
- Mass Market Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385479565
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385479561
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.17 x 1.04 x 6.87 inches
- Publisher : Anchor; Illustrated edition (July 20, 1995)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Preston is a good storyteller, and he recounts the appearance of Ebola in suburban Washington as though this real-life event were a thriller, as, indeed, it turned out to be. I've read that Preston plans a new edition of the book, to correct what might be some overstatements in the course of an Ebola infection. I also wonder whether he will address the belief expressed in the Hot Zone that Ebola can be spread by airborne means.
On the legal side, Preston has a good understanding of the law's inherent conservatism. When military brass was trying to decide how best to confine the outbreak of Ebola at a facility housing research monkeys, the officers conclude that it is best to act first, before seeking legal advice. Once they acted, the lawyers could always defend the emergency measures taken as legal. I chuckled when I read that, recognizing the inherent conservatism of a lawyer's advice.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It gives insight into medical research, public health and military preparedness for a biohazard disaster. Surprisingly, it appears we don't know much more about Ebola than what we knew in 1995, when this book was published -- except that the virus still lives and is still capable of enormous destruction.
The more I read, the less this virus made any sense. I kept adding questions to my list that were never answered by any mainstream news source.
This was not just an armchair fascination from a safe distance. I do truly care about all the people who died, who lost loved ones, and who suffered economic losses that will take years to repair. They also had radical changes to their traditions forced upon them in order to stop the spread of the virus through funeral and burial practices.
This book, THE HOT ZONE by RICHARD PRESTON, is a TRUE account of the study of Marburg and Ebola viruses in the years preceding the full blown epidemic. RICHARD PRESTON has answered all my troubling questions by telling the scientific truth that was withheld by news coverage during the epidemic. I can't repeat my questions here because no one likes a spoiler. Although he is telling a true story, the author has employed the style of literary nonfiction to make this a very readable, edge of your seat accounting. PLEASE everyone needs to read this book. Everyone needs to learn more about the way an outbreak is just a few viral transmissions away from an epidemic and a few plane rides away from a PANDEMIC. If you read one nonfiction book this year, please pick this one.
I’ll tell you why not.
Because you will learn things about Ebola and other horribly, deadly, bloody smart viruses you cannot unlearn
Because the loss of the rainforests will frighten you even more than it already does when you discover that we are destroying where viruses live too – and they don’t take kindly to that
Because you will be horrified at the fact that thousands of monkeys and other primates are captured every year and shipped to America for various medical things
Because you will realise that Ebola and other viruses are potentially right there, just spitting distance from you, all. the. time.
Because you will be terrified every time you have a tiny headache
Because you will want strangers to stay far away from you, especially if they are breathing
Because you will realise that your government, our government, the government will probably be unable to stop a proper Ebola virus
Because you will forgive the sometimes over detailed writing because you are completely absorbed in the horror
Because this is not fiction, this is real, this is here, this is now
And this is a gripping, interesting, well put together, well researched non-fiction book that reads like an adventure, a horror and a thriller all at once
Viruses are clever little buggers and best we be afraid. The more we screw with the world, the more the world’s mother nature will screw with us
We have been warned!
Top reviews from other countries
Als vor ein paar Jahren die Milzbrand-Geschichte in den USA rumging tauchten in den regulären News einige Namen von Personen auf, die auch in diesem Buch vorkommen. Das gibt dem ganzen dann einen zusätzlichen Anstrich von Authentizität. Empfehlung, aber nichts für schwache Nerven!