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The first major bioterror event in the United States — the anthrax attacks in October 2001 — was a clarion call for scientists who work with "hot" agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense.

Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at Usamriid, a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world’s most lethal emerging viruses, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons. His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox-and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers — at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines.

Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government's response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill.

Jahrling is leading a team of scientists doing controversial experiments with live smallpox virus at CDC. Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is reawakening smallpox and explains, with cool and devastating precision, what may be at stake if his last bold experiment fails.

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"The bard of biological weapons captures the drama of the front lines." Richard Danzig, former secretary of the navy

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"[Preston] has probably done more than any other writer to establish a nationwide imperative to think about infectious agents as global threats and potential weapons." New York Times Book Review

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"A tour de force...Preston uses the power of simple narrative to drive deep his story's urgent truths." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Utterly engrossing....Will make your blood curdle." The Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Richard Preston is the author of The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, and of The Cobra Event, a bioterror thriller, also a New York Times bestseller. A writer for The New Yorker since 1985, Preston won the American Institute of Physics award and is the only nondoctor ever to have received the CDC's Champion of Prevention award. He has an asteroid named after him and lives outside of New York City.

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5551212, December 22, 2007 (view all comments by 5551212)
A great read. It took many people of dedication and foresight to eradicate smallpox. I had no idea that smallpox was such a horrible disease--spreading like wildfire from person to persons, inflicting terrible pain and gross disfigurement. But the threat of smallpox didn't end with the eradication program. I highly recommend this absorbing book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345466631
Author:
Preston, Richard
Publisher:
Fawcett Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Prevention
Subject:
Infectious Diseases
Subject:
Smallpox
Subject:
Biological warfare
Subject:
Anthrax
Subject:
Bioterrorism
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biochemistry
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Microbiology
Subject:
Smallpox -- Prevention.
Subject:
Biochemistry
Subject:
Biology-Microbiology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
108-101
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.92x4.13x.82 in. .33 lbs.

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