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The Demon in the Freezer by Richard   Preston
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bookshelves: history, science
Recommended for: Ebola fans.
Read in January, 2005

Richard Preston's The Hot Zone did for Ebola what Rambo did for Stallone. His book The Demon in the Freezer tries to do the same thing for Smallpox and Anthrax. It falls just short of the mark, and it doesn't feel as immediate as The Hot Zone did. But it's still a good read, and not a little unnerving. It covers some surprising government studies in biological warfare, with Preston's usual focus on the people as much as the science. Despite not being as nerve-wracking as Preston's other famous virus book, The Demon in the Freezer is worth checking out. Especially if you like reading about the fringes of government spending and slightly paranoid scientific research.

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