Richard Preston Biography, Age, Books, Wild Trees, and Cobra Event.

Richard Preston Biography

Richard Preston is a writer for the New Yorker and a bestselling author. He has written books about infectous disease, redwoods, bioterrorism among other subjects.

Additionally, he is also a fiction writer. His writings, whether journalistic or fictional are based on extensive background research and interviews.

Richard Preston Age

She was born on the 5th of August in 1954. She was 64 years old as of 2018.

Richard Preston Books

Fictional Books

He has written a total of three fictional books to date. The books are:

The Cobra Event published in 1998 by New York: Random House.

The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story, published by Illus. George Henry Jennings. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Micro, published in 2011 by HarperCollins.

Non-fictional Books

To date, he has authored six non-fictional books. They are:

First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe. The book was published in 1987 by the New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.

American Steel: Hot Metal and the Ressurection of the Rust Belt. The book was published in 1991 by the New York: Prentice Hall Press.

The Hot Zone. The book was published in 1994 by the New York: Random House.

The Demon in the Freezer. The book was published in 2002 by the New York: Random House.

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring. The book was published in 2007 by the New York: Random House.

Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science. The book was published in 2008 by the New York: Random House.

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Richard Preston The Wild Trees

The book is a non-fiction book about California’s coastal redwoods and the recreational climbers who climbed them. The book is a narrative-style collection of stories from climbers who were among the first to climb redwoods. The stories come from notable people in the plant field such as Steve Sillett, Michael Taylor, and Marie Antoine.

Most of the climbers discovered a thriving ecosystem hidden among the treetops. Most of these were found 60-90 meters(200-300 ft) above. Among the things found on the treetops were bonsai trees, epiphytes, lichens, berry bushes, salamanders and voles.

The book was ranked 83rd on Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. It was illustrated by Andrew Joslin. The book introduces several characters in addition to providing several background stories for them. All through the book, information on trees, forests, and logging is netted in the book.

The book introduced several of the largest and tallest known redwoods. The book has detailed descriptions on how the trees are climbed, explored and studied. However, the majority of their specific locations are not included in the book.

Richard Preston Cobra Event

The book is a 1998 thriller novel describing an attempted bioterrorism attack on the United States. The mastermind behind the attack has genetically crafted a virus by the name of Cobra. The virus fuses with the highly contagious common cold with smallpox, one the world’s most virulent diseases. The resulting disease is named brainpox in the novel. It has symptoms that mimic those of Lesch-Nyhan syndrome and the common cold. The book clearly shows the divide between descriptions of the virus and the government’s attempt to stop the imminent threat posed by the virus.