Advanced Search ISBN List

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title

Hornblower Group Library Hotlist Fall 2023

The Deadly Rise of Anti-science
A Scientist's Warning
By (author): Peter J. Hotez
Peter J. Hotez


Johns Hopkins University Press



Product Form:



General Trade : Grade (US) 17
Sep 19, 2023
$32.95 CAD


9.1in x 5.9 x 0.9 in | 480 gr

Page Count:

240 pages


1 halftone, 12 line drawings
Johns Hopkins University Press
MEDICAL / Public Health
Popular culture|Political control and freedoms|Public health and preventive medicine
Non-Obvious Book Awards , Short-listed

Dr. Peter Hotez discusses how an antivaccine movement became a dangerous political campaign promoted by elected officials and amplified by news media, causing thousands of American deaths.

Dr. Peter Hotez discusses how an antivaccine movement became a dangerous political campaign promoted by elected officials and amplified by news media, causing thousands of American deaths.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, one renowned scientist, in his famous bowtie, appeared daily on major news networks such as MSNBC, NPR, the BBC, and others. Dr. Peter J. Hotez often went without sleep, working around the clock to develop a nonprofit COVID-19 vaccine and to keep the public informed. During that time, he was one of the most trusted voices on the pandemic and was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his selfless work. He also became one of the main targets of anti-science rhetoric that gained traction through conservative news media.

In this eyewitness story of how the anti-vaccine movement grew into a dangerous and prominent anti-science element in American politics, Hotez describes the devastating impacts it has had on Americans' health and lives. As a scientist who has endured antagonism from anti-vaxxers and been at the forefront of both essential scientific discovery and advocacy, Hotez is uniquely qualified to tell this story. By weaving his personal experiences together with information on how the anti-vaccine movement became a tool of far-right political figures around the world, Hotez opens readers' eyes to the dangers of anti-science. He explains how anti-science became a major societal and lethal force: in the first years of the pandemic, more than 200,000 unvaccinated Americans needlessly died despite the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines. Even as he paints a picture of the world under a shadow of aggressive ignorance, Hotez demonstrates his innate optimism, offering solutions for how to combat science denial and save lives in the process.

Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD (HOUSTON, TX), is a professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology and the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also the codirector of the Texas Children's Center for Vaccine Development. He is the author of Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-science and Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad.

"Globally, anti-science is a key part of the far-right, autocratic, populist playbook. Hotez's terrifying but profoundly important book shows how deep the anti-science rabbit hole goes, who is thriving on chaos, and why anti-science is surging everywhere. The book is an eye-opening exposé of the catastrophic consequences of anti-science."

- Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, McGill University

"Dr. Hotez is the pioneer of a new breed: physician-scientist-warrior. He led the efforts in the United States against mis- and dis-information during the COVID pandemic and, long before that, took on the anti-science and anti-vax movements. His story, remarkable work, and insights are aptly portrayed in The Deadly Rise of Anti-science."

- Eric Topol, MD, Professor and Executive Vice President, Scripps Research Institute

"Peter Hotez, a physician scientist fighting the war on infectious diseases, describes the impact of the anti-science movement. The victims are those who fall prey to its rhetoric and suffer the consequences. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the state of scientific affairs and public health."

- Daniel Salmon, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

"Vaccines are a critical public health tool in preventing life-threatening illness and death. Their use and lifesaving impact are now seriously threatened by the deadly rise of anti-science. Hotez provides a front-row seat to the unfolding infectious disease catastrophe we are facing. He delivers a clarion call to action like no one else can."

- Michael T. Osterholm, Regent Professor and Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota

"The author's short, passionate polemic, dense with studies and charts, provides overwhelming evidence that scientific research benefits humanity and that vaccines are lifesavers.Supremely well-informed."

"Virologist and vaccine expert Peter Hotez has provided the definitive work on this era....[His] warning about the broader implications of Covid denial must be heeded."

- Arthur Caplan, Science

"[A] powerful eyewitness account of anti-scientific activities in the USA."

- Naomi Oreskes, The Lancet

"Harrowing and deeply alarming.[Hotez's] analysis of the modern US anti-vaccine movement and its entanglement with the authoritarian right is astute."

of 41

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.