The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 14, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 448 pages
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The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

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User Review  - BBcummings - LibraryThing

This book is a good read, more so because it is written in a narrative style evocative of a fictional thriller, and the result is that you're turning the pages frantically while at the same time it is ... Read full review

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User Review  - ginawilliams - LibraryThing

As the ebola crisis continues, this book is both topical and relevant. Preston recounts an outbreak of a highly infectious and deadly virus among monkeys in a laboratory in Washington D.C. in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Richard Preston is the author of several books, most recently The Cobra Event. He is a regular contribuot to The New Yorker. He has also won the AAAS-Westinghouse Award and the McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT.

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