the AIDS Virus, Peter H. Duesberg
1996, 720 pages, ISBN 0-89526-470-6.
As one reviewer
said, "At last! This is the book every AIDS-watcher has been
awaiting, in which the most prominent and persistent critic of HIV
as the cause of AIDS presents his case most exhaustively and popularly."
The book you
are about to read has been a long time in coming. Why? It is at
once enormously controversial and impeccably documented. It comes
from a scientist and writer of great ability and courage. It will
cause, we believe, a firestorm of yet undetermined proportions in
both the scientific and lay communities. And it is, I think I am
safe in saying, about the most difficult book that the Regnery Company
has published in nearly 50 years in the business.
is right in what he says about AIDS, and we think he is, he documents
one of the great science scandals of the century. AIDS is the first
political disease, the disease that consumes more government research
money, more press time, and indeed probably more heartache-much
of it unnecessary-than any other. Duesberg tells us why.
the third publisher to have contracted to publish Inventing the
AIDS Virus. Addison Wesley initially announced the book in 1993.
St. Martin's signed it in January 1994 and subsequently assigned
its contract to us in January 1995. We announced it, initially,
in the fall of 1995 and finally published it in February 1996.
Duesberg's former research assistant and original co-author, became
disenchanted with Duesberg's and his publisher's insistence on careful
documentation and self-published his own version under the title
Why We Will Never Win the War on AIDS in 1994. We sued Ellison for
breach of contract and copyright violation and, after a two-week
federal court jury trial, were awarded a six-figure verdict and
an injunction against Ellison's edition.
AIDS Virus has been edited by at least five editors, has been agonized
over by the publishers of three major publishing firms, and concurrently
praised and damned by countless critics.
that the prepublication controversy may be just a precursor of what
is to follow. In our tradition of presenting the public provocative
books, we are proud to be Peter Duesberg's publisher.*