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Dead Silence: Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail Hardcover – June 2, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1582435091 ISBN-10: 158243509X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158243509X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582435091
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For years after its 2001 appearance in the U.S. mail, filmmakers and journalists Coen and Nadler followed the trail of panic-inducing anthrax, uncovering events worthy of a spy thriller and concluding that the biggest biochemical threat comes from the government, not terrorists. In a dramatic play-by-play, they detail sojourns through the U.S., Siberia, Africa, and England, following clues, a surprising number of deaths and the testimony of those brave enough to go on the record. Although extraneous detail can occasionally distract, the authors move smoothly through biotechnological advances, strange misfortune and political machinations around the globe; horrifying stories of recent germ warfare research worldwide includes a reported lack of regulation for such research in the U.S. (where $1.76 billion were spent on anthrax research in 2006 alone). As they follow a path of dead scientists, Coen and Nadler find that "the walls went up wherever anthrax was found... Those that looked behind the walls did so at their own peril." Engaging and populist, this volume should prove interesting to a range of politically-minded readers, from policy wonks to conspiracy theorists.
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About the Author

Bob Coen is a former war correspondent and recipient of the Bayeux Prize for journalism. His award winning films, have been broadcast on CNN International, National Geographic, PBS and Channel Four UK amongst others. He is also a consultant to the United Nations in conflict zones and humanitarian emergencies. Eric Nadler is an author, TV producer and filmmaker. His has written for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Harpers and the New Republic and his films have been broadcast widely in the United States and internationally. His theatrical film Stealing The Fire (2002), on the nuclear weapons black market was nominated for Feature Documentary of The Year by the International Documentary Association. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book assuming it was about the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, but it's really more of a history of the use of anthrax in germ warfare than anything else.

I've read several books on biological warfare and the like, and never cease to be amazed at the admissions of how governments test deadly biological agents on unsuspecting troops, and in some cases, on poor areas of major cities.
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Format: Hardcover
DEAD SILENCE: FEAR AND TERROR ON THE ANTHRAX TRAIL tells of the US anthrax attacks and their connection to a global germ warfare underground. Two reporters interview scientists, politicians and assassins all involved with the development and monitoring of such warfare potentials - and provide a frightening saga of the secret, real world of international biological weapons research. A powerful, fearful account for any lending library, from health and politics to general-interest holdings.
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lewis M. Weinstein on May 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The more we learn about the anthrax attacks and the failed FBI investigation, the more we will be disgusted with the continuing failure to solve a case of mass murder that terrorized America. So I welcome the publication of Dead Silence and look forward to reading it.

NOTE: Now that I have read DEAD SILENCE, I recommend it even more.

Sometimes fiction can be as powerful a means of informing and influencing as non-fiction.

I deal with the failed FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attack in my novel Case Closed, revealing stunning abuses of power at the highest levels of government.

Does my novel tell what actually happened? Of course not. It's a novel!

But many readers, including one well place source in the Intelligence Community, have told me my story of conspiracy and murder is, unfortunately, "all too plausible."

The only thing we know for sure about the 2001 anthrax attacks is that the CASE is definitely not CLOSED!
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