Germs

Germs

Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

Book - 2001
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"Deadly germs sprayed in shopping malls, bomblets spewing anthrax spores over battlefields, tiny vials of plague scattered in Times Square - these are the poor man's hydrogen bombs, hideous weapons of mass destruction that can be made in a simple laboratory." "In this work of investigative journalism, Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad of The New York Times uncover the truth about biological weapons and show why bio-warfare and bio-terrorism are fast becoming our worst national nightmare." "Germs also shows how a small group of scientists and senior officials persuaded President Bill Clinton to launch a controversial multibillion-dollar program to detect a germ attack on U.S. soil and to aid its victims - a program that, so far, is struggling to provide real protection." "Based on hundreds of interviews with scientists and senior officials, including President Clinton, as well as on recently declassified documents and on-site reporting from the former Soviet Union's sinister bio-weapons labs, Germs shows us bio-warriors past and present at work at their trade. There is the American scientist who devoted his professional life to perfecting biological weapons, and the Nobel laureate who helped pioneer the new biology of genetically modified germs and is now trying to stop its misuse. We meet former Soviet scientists who made enough plague, smallpox, and anthrax to kill everyone on Earth and whose expertise is now in great demand by terrorists, rogue states, and legitimate research labs alike."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2001
ISBN: 9780684871585
0684871580
Branch Call Number: History 358.38 Mil

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Mario20 Apr 26, 2011

5 stars for an excellent guide on germ warfare. The 3 investigative reporters surely will not dissapoint you with intresting read. It details how advanced the Russians and us were in the cold war in terms of BW (biological warfare) and how close U.S. troops in the 1990s Gulf War were to being exposed to Anthrax. If you have always been fascinated with germs and viruses, this book is for you. Everyone should read this to get an idea of how dangerous and contagious these viruses can be.....:)

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