Deborah Birx, who became a familiar face to Americans in 2020 as President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, has a book out this spring, the Associated Press reports†
Harper will publish Birx’s Silent Invasion: The Trump Administration’s Untold Story, COVID-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It’s Too Late†
Birx, a physician who served for many years in the United States military, spent much of her career working for the federal government, first at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, then at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the US in 2020, she was named part of the White House’s coronavirus task force, which appeared regularly on television and advised Americans on how to avoid the virus. Birx was at times at odds with Trump, who often dismissed the seriousness of the pandemic.
“I wrote silent invasion to document the full extent of what I went through as I tried to save lives at this devastating time,” Birx said. “In the book, I expose the true costs of mistakes made at all levels of the federal government, but I also clarify the things that went well but went largely unseen: the insights and innovations that have saved American lives during this pandemic and which is essential for preparing for the next one.”
silent invasion is scheduled for release on April 26.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.