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.
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