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The Demon in the Freezer - A True Story

Richard Preston

"The bard of biological weapons captures the drama of the front lines." -Richard Danzig, former secretary of the navy The first major bioterror event in the United States-the anthrax attacks in October 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with "hot" agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense. Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at Usamriid, a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world's most lethal emerging viruses, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons. His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox-and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines. Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government's response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill. Jahrling is lead

"The bard of biological weapons captures the drama of the front lines." -Richard Danzig, former secretary of the navy The first major bioterror event in the United States-the anthrax attacks in October 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with "hot" agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense. Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at Usamriid, a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world's most lethal emerging viruses, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons. His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox-and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines. Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government's response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill. Jahrling is lead
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"The bard of biological weapons captures the drama of the front lines." -Richard Danzig, former secretary of the navy The first major bioterror event in the United States-the anthrax attacks in October 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with "hot" agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense. Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at Usamriid, a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world's most lethal emerging viruses, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons. His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox-and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines. Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government's response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill. Jahrling is lead

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Naughton

Length:

5h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:39


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:31


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:20


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:10


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:30