Veteran journalist Jerry Oppenheimer is the author of a biography of Ethel Kennedy, The Other Mrs. Kennedy: An American Drama of Power, Privilege, and Politics. His most recent book, Madoff with the Money, was excerpted in The Daily Beast.

As the threat of an H1N1 swine flu outbreak looms, Jerry Oppenheimer looks back at how New York handled a deadly smallpox outbreak—and prevented a catastrophe.

Jerry Oppenheimer’s new biography of Bernie Madoff traces the roots of his deceit and his odd compulsions back to a Queens childhood steeped in hustles and scams.