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The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story (2002)

de Richard Preston

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In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the USA, the western world had to deal with a new threat: bioterrorism. In October 2001, a series of anthrax attacks through the postal system caused chaos and fear. But there was a far greater danger that had government security advisers around the world even more alarmed: smallpox. In his terrifying account of what happened, and what could still happen, Richard Preston reveals the true horror faced by victims of smallpox, raises serious questions about what happened to the smallpox viruses that were kept in storage after the disease was 'eradicated' in 1979, and shows just how easy it would be to create new strains of smallpox that would be able to overcome any vaccination, leaving the population defenceless.… (més)
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Talk about horror - the thought of biological warfare is a truly terrifying idea. Richard Preston does a wonderful job of breaking down both the science and the facts, reconstructing scenes from the past to immerse the reader in the climate in which events occurred and decisions were made. It's impressive that doctors were able to eradicate a worldwide disease as deadly as smallpox. Unfortunately, in today's politically volatile climate, with a modern population having no immunity to the disease, very few vaccines on hand, and so many samples of the disease remaining in unfriendly hands around the world, it seems that this 'dead' disease is still very much of a threat. Although it is harder to sleep at night having read this book, I'm glad that I did so. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
Reading these kind of books makes you always question the humanity.

Besides this basic fact this book is a true page turner. Fascinating from the first to the last page. Slight nitpicking I do have on parts where "Character X wears Y and her/his hair is Z" stuff is really not something I need to have in this kind of book.
Second nitpick is that it feels too short and with some unanswered or open questions. ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
In the same manner of The Hot Zone, Richard Preston's The Demon in the Freezer tells a massively interesting story of smallpox - how the deadliest disease that ever existed on the planet becomes the only disease that humanity is able to completely eradicate. Very informative look, especially now, its a great retrospective into disease and the history of weaponization of diseases. The history of smallpox and its defeat is only the first half of the book, the rest are events related to the development of biological weapons based on smallpox (mainly in the USSR and Russia), the stockpile of smallpox vaccine of the World Health Organization and storage of still existing deep-frozen smallpox samples.

Sounds a lot more interesting than it actually manages to be. Also the second half of the book reads more like a novelization which is interesting but also sort of jarring combination. Not terrible but different for sure.

The audio book read by Paul Boehmer is also massively entertaining. He is a great performer to injects a lot of life into the book with accents and differentiation between history, the to date journalistic parts, and the last half to 3/4 of the book that reads more like a story.

Great read - superb audiobook. Highly recommend. ( )
  modioperandi | Jul 16, 2020 |
Scary. I read this during COVID-19 (June 2020) and it puts into perspective (perhaps) how prepared we are as a Nation to handle a large-scale biological event. To make it worse, this was written in 2002...a lot has changed in 18 years, but is it all for the better? Hard to say, we almost need a Demon in the Freezer #2 to update us on the current state of affairs post-COVID. I can't recommend this book enough to someone interested in this topic. If you haven't read about Smallpox or Anthrax - read this! ( )
  bhiggs | Jun 21, 2020 |
So why haven't they destroyed the last of the smallpox stores? Distrust is a dangerous thing. ( )
  bgknighton | May 23, 2020 |
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In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the USA, the western world had to deal with a new threat: bioterrorism. In October 2001, a series of anthrax attacks through the postal system caused chaos and fear. But there was a far greater danger that had government security advisers around the world even more alarmed: smallpox. In his terrifying account of what happened, and what could still happen, Richard Preston reveals the true horror faced by victims of smallpox, raises serious questions about what happened to the smallpox viruses that were kept in storage after the disease was 'eradicated' in 1979, and shows just how easy it would be to create new strains of smallpox that would be able to overcome any vaccination, leaving the population defenceless.

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