The Ebola virus has been dominating daily headlines, propelling Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone back onto the New York Times bestseller lists nearly twenty years after its initial publication. Available once again from Encore for a great value!
When a highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, DC, panic ensues. There is no cure and in a few days nearly ninety percent of its victims are dead. To stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus, a secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized.
A hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race, The Hot Zone tells the dramatic story of the first Ebola outbreak. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that the truth can sometimes be scarier than fiction.
Richard Preston has written nine books, including The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and The Wild Trees. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and most of them have first appeared as articles in The New Yorker. Preston has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Physics Award and the National Magazine Award. He’s also the only person not a medical doctor ever to receive the Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention Award for public health. An asteroid is named “Preston” after him. (Asteroid Preston is a ball of rock three miles in diameter, traveling on a wild orbit near Mars.) Richard Preston lives outside New York City with his wife, Michelle. They have three children.