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Wendy Orent holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is a leading freelance science journalist who writes for theLos Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic, among others. She recently collaborated on the English edition of Soviet bioweaponeer Igor Domaradskij's memoir, Biowarrior. Orent lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Paul Ewald author of "Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease" Wendy Orent draws together fifteen hundred years of plague like no one else. She writes with vividness and acumen not only about the shaping of human history by plague but also the shaping of the plague organism by humans. She brings the insights of a historian, a biologist, and a journalist into a masterful portrait of the plague. She deftly captures the horror of its past and the danger it poses for a future in which innovations of biowarriors could become the tools for terrorists.

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