I can’t do the summary justice so I borrowed this summary from GoodReads because you all need the whole scope of what this book is.
Summary: The 2013-2014 Ebola epidemic was the deadliest ever–but the outbreaks continue. Now comes a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, an urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses–from the #1 bestselling author of The Hot Zone, soon to be a National Geographic original miniseries.
This time, Ebola started with a two-year-old child who likely had contact with a wild creature and whose entire family quickly fell ill and died. The ensuing global drama activated health professionals in North America, Europe, and Africa in a desperate race against time to contain the viral wildfire. By the end–as the virus mutated into its deadliest form, and spread farther and faster than ever before–30,000 people would be infected, and the dead would be spread across eight countries on three continents.
In this taut and suspenseful medical drama, Richard Preston deeply chronicles the outbreak, in which we saw for the first time the specter of Ebola jumping continents, crossing the Atlantic, and infecting people in America. Rich in characters and conflict–physical, emotional, and ethical–Crisis in the Red Zone is an immersion in one of the great public health calamities of our time.
Preston writes of doctors and nurses in the field putting their own lives on the line, of government bureaucrats and NGO administrators moving, often fitfully, to try to contain the outbreak, and of pharmaceutical companies racing to develop drugs to combat the virus. He also explores the charged ethical dilemma over who should and did receive the rare doses of an experimental treatment when they became available at the peak of the disaster.
Crisis in the Red Zone makes clear that the outbreak of 2013-2014 is a harbinger of further, more severe outbreaks, and of emerging viruses heretofore unimagined–in any country, on any continent. In our ever more interconnected world, with roads and towns cut deep into the jungles of equatorial Africa, viruses both familiar and undiscovered are being unleashed into more densely populated areas than ever before.
The more we discover about the virosphere, the more we realize its deadly potential. Crisis in the Red Zone is an exquisitely timely book, a stark warning of viral outbreaks to come.
Thoughts: How do I begin to explain my love for all things Ebola? Or even try to express my love for all bio-hazard books by Richard Preston? As soon as I knew he wrote a new book and specifically about the 2013-2014 Ebola outbreak I knew I had to read it. This was an outbreak that frustrated me, caused me many sleepless nights, and then terrified me as it made its way into the U.S. I thought I knew of the dangers this virus posed to all of us. This was about an outbreak that I followed, this was a story that I thought I knew so well but was wrong.
This is just as great if not better than The Hot Zone which is my favorite book of all time. When I first read The Hot Zone it felt like a fictional story or another world I was being privy to so when this came out I couldn’t wait to read it. Ebola is the scariest thing in the world to me so reading about it terrifies me.
I love the way that Richard Preston tells the story of the doctors and nurses who risked their lives to treat their own and their patients. He really gives us some insight into their stories and so many of the behind the scenes things we didnt know about. I just love how his writing makes me feel like I’m reading a fiction story and have to remind myself that this is real. These are real people and others lives.
I think one of the most amazing things to learn about was the politics behind the two Americans who got the treatment to save them. That’s a story I remember so well on the news and recall my feelings toward it and this made me rethink that whole situation.
This was one that once I finished I wanted to go back and listen to it over and over again. It’s one that even if I already listened to it I would read it in physical book format or e-book format. It’s one that I want all the reading experiences with.
I highly recommend this to those of you who enjoy non fiction or who enjoy a good thriller/horror book. There is nothing scarier than the things that are actually happening around the world and imagining what happens if they reach us.
You can find this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.