Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett wrote her first bestselling book, The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, while splitting her time between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the New York newspaper, Newsday. In the 1992-93 academic years Garrett was a Fellow at Harvard, where she worked closely with the emerging diseases group, a collection of faculty concerned about the surge in epidemics of previously unknown or rare viruses and bacteria. The book was published in hardcopy by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 1994, and spent 19 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Released in paperback in 1995 by Viking Penguin, The Coming Plague remains in print and continues to sell vigorously. The book was released in e-book form in May 2011.

During the 1990s Garrett continued tracking outbreaks and epidemics worldwide, noting the insufficient responses from global public health institutions in Zaire, India, Russia and most of the former USSR, Eastern Europe, and the United States. This resulted in publication in 2000 of Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, released by Hyperion that year, and in paperback in 2001. Betrayal of Trust was also a vigorous seller, and remains in print today. It was also released as an e-book in May 2011.

In Summer 2011 , Garrett’s long-awaited third book, I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks, was published in time for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Amazon as an e-book. It is also available on Kindle and in paperback.

Garrett is a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Health Security Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Association for Science Writers.

Garrett helped create the Noguchi Africa Prize and has three times served as its judge.

Listed as a twice-ver “Cassandra”, in Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes (2017), Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy, HarperCollins Publishers.