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The definitive, inside account of the Trump Administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic from White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and Coronavirus Task Force member, Dr. Deborah Birx. 

In late February 2020, Dr. Deborah Birx—a lifelong federal health official who had worked at the CDC, the State Department, and the US Army across multiple presidential administrations—was asked to join the Trump White House Coronavirus Task Force and assist the already faltering federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For weeks, she’d been raising the alarm behind the scenes about what she saw happening in public—from the apparent lack of urgency at the White House to the routine downplaying of the risks to Americans. Once in the White House, she was tasked with helping fix the broken federal approach and making President Trump see the danger this virus posed to all of us.

Silent Invasion is the story of what she witnessed and lived for the next year—an eye-opening inside account, detailed here for the first time, of the Trump Administration’s response to the greatest public health crisis in modern times. Regarded with suspicion in the West Wing from day one, Dr. Birx goes beyond the media speculation and political maneuvering to show what she was really up against in the Trump White House. Digging into the hard-fought victories, the costly mistakes, and the human drama surrounding the administration’s efforts, she examines the forces that crippled efforts to control the virus and explores why these blunders continue to haunt us today. 

And yet amid the agonizing missteps were bright spots that point the way forward—the fastest vaccine creation in history, governors that put their citizens’ health first, and Tribal Nations that demonstrated the powerful role of community in curbing spread, despite their criminally underfunded health-care systems. Collectively these successes reveal the valiant work of many who were committed to saving lives, as well as highlighting the dire need to reform our public health institutions, so they are nimble and resilient enough to confront the next pandemic. 

With the pandemic now moving into its third year confounding two presidential administrations, Dr. Birx presents a story at once urgent and frustratingly unfinished, as COVID-19 continues to put thousands of American lives at risk. The end result is the most comprehensive and extensive accounting to date of the Trump Administration’s struggle to control the biggest health crisis in generations—a revelatory look at how we can learn from our mistakes and prevent this from happening again. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Deborah Birx (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great insight into Public Health

Dr. Birx provided an excellent overview of public health during a very difficult time. It was very interesting to hear how different aspects of the pandemic was handled.

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Not For Me!

Most boring book I have ever struggled listening to. I had it turned on trying to stomach the contents too long. Don't bother. A sleeper.

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Disappointed

If you’re looking for an objective accounting of the pandemic response do yourself a favor and skip to the epilogue. That’s the only part with any useful or interesting information. The rest was just a whiny, defensive, contradictory mess. She claims to be data driven, however, her initial argument for masking is that the Asian countries were doing it with success. Well, what planet is she living on? Would it have been better to to educate the public to cough and sneeze into elbows and wear N95 if you have symptoms? It’s too soon for a true postmortem of the pandemic but the epilogue lays out the failings of our government health organizations and great suggestions for an overhaul.

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Expert analysis but unrealistic recommendations

The author is a knowledgeable expert on the subject, offers solutions & recommendations that are thoughtful but unrealistic. Good luck getting congress to agree to implement sweeping controls over pandemic public behaviors, etc. The advice on how to keep yourself safe is good. Revelations on the Trump administration’s mishandling of the pandemic are shocking. The book takes you through a detailed diary of the pandemic, sometimes too tedious & repetitive.

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Brilliant.

Brilliant. Absolutely understandable and some background to bring in the White House. I understand a lot more, thank you Deborah Birx.

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Lots of very good information but with a huge political bias that calls into question many of the facts cited in the book

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Scientists should “rule” the world.

Compelling. Thorough. Captivating. I have listened to this book twice (in less than two weeks).
I have recommended this book to every person I speak to.
Dr. Birx is the quintessential public servant.
Please read this book.

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Dr Birx is Smart and Kind

She’s learned navigate a world where men are taken at women have to prove themselves again and again. Blindsided and gaslighted all along the way, she shouldered on. Read this book and you will how her advice would have changed the pandemic’s path of infection.

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A clear voice in the covid confusion

Clarity in a state of confusion. The book answered so many questions about the mishandling of the pandemic and of what was done right. I wish more people had listened to the case for the silent invasion.

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Silent Invasion

So much truth in this book. I think this is the first time since all this started that I have known what I suspected was true for sure.