|The Ebola virus kills
nine out of ten of its victims so quickly and gruesomely that even
biohazard experts are terrified. It is airborne, it is extremely contagious,
and in the winter of 1989, it seemed about to burn through the suburbs
of Washington D.C.
At Fort Detrick's USAMRIID, an Army research facility outside the
nation's capital, a SWAT team of soldiers and scientists wearing
biohazard space suits was organized to stop the outbreak of the
exotic "hot" virus. The grim operation went on in secret for eighteen
days, under unprecedented, dangerous conditions.
The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story in depth, giving
a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses
and their outbreaks in the human race. From a remote African cave
hot with Ebola virus, to an airplane over Africa that is carrying
a sick passenger who dissolves into a human virus bomb, to the confines
of a Biosafety Level 4 military lab where scientists risk their
lives studying lethal substances that could kill them quickly and
horribly, The Hot Zone describes situations that a few years
ago would have been taken for science fiction. As the tropical wildernesses
of the world are destroyed, previously unknown viruses that have
lived undetected in the rain forest for eons are entering human
populations. The appearance of AIDS is part of a larger pattern,
and the implications for the future of the human species are terrifying.
The Hot Zone, a New York Times #1 nonfiction bestseller,
has been published in more than 30 languages and has sold more then 2.5 million
"The first chapter of The Hot Zone is one of the most horrifying
things I've read in my whole life--and then it gets worse. That's
what I keep marveling over: it keeps getting worse. What a remarkable
piece of work."
"A tour de force ... Preston uses the power of simple narrative
to drive deep his story's urgent truths."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Riveting. . . . Swashbuckling reading."
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Popular science writing at its best and the year's most infectious
The Hot Zone
A Terrifying True Story
Science - Research | July 1995 | $7.99 | 0-385-47956-5
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