What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe
Publication Date: October 9, 2001
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America is one killer organism away from a living nightmare that threatens all we hold dear....
A deadly cloud of powdered anthrax spores settles unnoticed over a crowded football stadium.... A school cafeteria lunch is infected with a drug-resistant strain of E. coli.... Thousands in a bustling shopping mall inhale a lethal mist of smallpox, turning each individual into a highly infectious agent of suffering and death....
Dr. Michael Osterholm knows all too well the horrifying scenarios he describes. In this eye-opening account, the nation’s leading expert on bioterrorism sounds a wake-up call to the terrifying threat of biological attack — and America’s startling lack of preparedness.
He demonstrates the havoc these silent killers can wreak, exposes the startling ease with which they can be deployed, and asks probing questions about America’s ability to respond to such attacks.
Are most doctors and emergency rooms able to diagnose correctly and treat anthrax, smallpox, and other potential tools in the bioterrorist’s arsenal? Is the government developing the appropriate vaccines and treatments?
The answers are here in riveting detail — what America has and hasn’t done to prevent the coming bioterrorist catastrophe. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, Living Terrors presents the unsettling truth about the magnitude of the threat. And more important, it presents the ultimate insider’s prescription for change: what we must do as a nation to secure our freedom, our future, our lives.
Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D, M.P.H., the former Minnesota State epidemiologist and former Chair and CEO, ican, INC., has been an internationally recognized leader in the area of infectious diseases for the past two decades. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from the CDC, NIH, FDA, and others, and served as a personal advisor to the late King Hussein of Jordan on bioterrorism. He has led numerous successful investigations into infectious disease outbreaks of global importance. A frequent lecturer around the world, he is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and is a professor at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.
John Schwartz is a reporter at The New York Times; he covers technology and business.
“Osterholm sounds a frightening alarm ... the threats he describes are bone chilling, his seven-point plan is sensible and compelling.”
— Publishers Weekly