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Seth Mnookin is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former senior writer for Newsweek, where he covered media, politics, and popular culture. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, New York magazine, and many other publications. He is the author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear; Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top and Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Journalist Mnookin (www.sethmnookin.com) covers the history of infectious disease and immunization, painting a startling portrait of how special-interest groups can use the media to legitimize panic-inciting claims unsupported by scientific evidence. Despite declining vaccination rates having led to recent outbreaks of the measles worldwide, media reports linking vaccines to autism continue to discourage many from immunizing their children. Mnookin emphasizes that much science news today is written and reported by nonscience writers. Two-time Audie Award nominee Dan John Miller does a superb job of narrating. This page-turner is highly recommended for all libraries, as it presents access to all the facts about immunization as well as points to the lack of evidence surrounding any connection between autism and the measles vaccine. [The S. & S. pb will be released in January 2012.-Ed.]-Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ. Lib., Russellville (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Seth Mnookin's The Panic Virus is a lesson how fear hijacks reason and emotion trumps logic. . . . A brilliant piece of reportage and science writing."--Michael Shermer "The Wall Street Journal "
"Mnookin deftly describes how the Internet has fostered new communities of people fiercely gathered around their own versions of truth. . . . Loaded with interesting anecdotes and historical tidbits, The Panic Virus is a fascinating read. The scope of the book is often impressive."--Susannah Nesmith "The Miami Herald "
"The Panic Virus is sure to attract attention. . . . Mnookin's book is an unsparing brief against the vaccine skeptics. But in a larger sense, this volume is less about the insurrection against inoculations than it is about the democratization of information. . . . Less about the contagion of ideas than about the contagion of misinformation and mistrust that metastasizes in the new technology."--David M. Shribman "The Boston Globe "
"A must-read for parents and parents-to-be."--Trine Tsouderos "Chicago Tribune "
"The definitive, infuriating history of the myth that vaccines cause autism."--Bill Wasik "The New York Observer "

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