Richard Preston

Best-Selling Author of Micro & The Hot Zone

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Whether delivering a grim account of what biological terrorism is capable of, sharing the inside story of how scientists are finding ways of protecting civilian populations, or revealing the dangerous and hauntingly beautiful lost world above the canopy, Preston shows audiences the world in a slightly different light than ever seen before.

Preston dazzled our first-year students and was a delight to have on campus. He tells riveting stories that come alive with suspense and intrigue.

- Buena Vista University

About Richard Preston

Richard Preston’s critically and commercially acclaimed books have cemented his status as a first-rate investigative journalist and gifted storyteller, as well as put him in the forefront of the emerging diseases and biotechnology arenas. Preston first took the world by storm with The Hot Zone, the international best-seller that introduced the world to the threat of Ebola and other rain forest viruses. Spending 42 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, The Hot Zone inspired several fictional adaptations (including the hit film “Outbreak” starring Dustin Hoffman and Renee Russo) and has been translated into over 30 languages.

Speech Topics

  • Inside The Hot Zone
  • Monsters of the Future
  • The Cobra Event: On the Trail of Biological Terrorism
  • The Demon in the Freezer: The True Story of the War Against Bioterrorism
  • The Wild Trees

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