Selling Author of "The Hot Zone" to Speak at Emory
the award-winning author of #1 New York Times bestseller "The Hot Zone,"
will lecture on his brand new book about smallpox and anthrax, "The
Demon in the Freezer," at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 16 in the Woodruff
Health Sciences Center Administration Building auditorium at Emory University.
"The Demon in the Freezer"
is an inside look at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious
Diseases (USAMRIID) at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, its research into defenses
against the possible use of smallpox as a bio-weapon, and the ongoing
FBI investigation into last year's anthrax attacks against Congress
and the media. In a glowing review, Publishers Weekly called the new
book "compelling" and said it is "as exciting as the best thrillers,
yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and
very real dangers."
Preston's appearance, which
is free and open to members of the Emory community, will be the next
installment in the Triangle Lecture series sponsored by the Center for
Public Health Preparedness and Research in the Rollins School of Public
Preston is considered one
of the world's foremost writers on the subject of bioterrorism and the
threats posed by rare and emerging viruses. No less an authority on
suspense than Stephen King said "The Hot Zone," a nonfiction book on
Ebola virus, was "one of the most horrifying things I've ever read in
my whole life."
A writer for The New Yorker,
Preston has won the Champion of Prevention Award from the CDC and a
major award from the American Institute of Physics for his book "First
Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe." He has also written
a bestselling bioterror novel, "The Cobra Event."