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Preparing for the unthinkable is the key to our Code Orange way of life, according to this fact-filled but awkwardly packaged primer. Couch, an ex-Navy Seal and author of The Warrior Elite, has culled military and government publications for "best practices" in coping with nuclear, biological and chemical attacks, which he presents along with gruesome lore on the history, use and effects of NBC weapons. There's a lot of information, but much of it is not for the average reader. One chapter covers protective military gear that Couch concedes is not very appropriate for civilians, and half the book is taken up by appendices, including a lengthy one of NBC casualty treatment protocols for doctors and nurses. While many of the procedures here require special equipment and training, there are some simple tips for laypeople. Curling up in a basement corner after a nuclear blast, for example, can cut your radiation dose by a factor of ten (provided you are outside the "100 percent lethality " zone), while heavy clothing and a wet cloth over the nose and mouth help protect in a chemical or biological strike. After an attack, most fallout/toxins/spoors can be washed off, preferably with diluted bleach. And do use that duct tape. The manual is written in a dryly technical, safety-label style whose authoritative tone is reassuring ("If exposed to a chemical attack and protective gear is not available, attempt to seek shelter and to minimize the inhalation of the agent"). Readers will hopefully never need to use any of this advice, but some may sleep easier knowing they could.
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About the Author

John Boswell is one of America's most successful literary agents and book packagers. He has also authored and co-authored 13 books on subjects from cooking to art history. He lives in New York.

Captain George Galdorisi (consultant) recently completed a career as an active duty naval officer. His training and experience have been focused on chemical, biological and radiological attacks. Today he is a Senior Advisor at a large Navy lab in San Diego and is frequently called upon to confer with the Pentagon leadership on chemical and biological matters. He has written fiction, non-fiction, monthly columns and countless articles. He lives in San Diego.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1st Printing edition (April 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046500797X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465007974
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
Finally, a survival guide I can use. I live in New York. I have spent hours on the internet trying to find basic information that would be useful to me and my family to try to begin to prepare for a terrorist incident. Frustrating! I heard Couch being interviewed last week and decided to try his book. It answered dozens of my questions and every member of my family will read it. Thanks!
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I would have given this five stars if it were longer. It gave me essential information and made me realize how much we don't know about these deadly weapons. I've already made copies to the checklists for my home and my school classroom. We take this very seriously in Dallas and I hope that Captain Couch is already working on the sequel.
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By A Customer on April 15, 2003
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Captain Couch has provided an invaluable service. I have been to numerous web sites and have not found anything useful or user-friendly. This guide does it. The other parts of the book are interesting, but if you read nothing else, read and heed these checklists from the experts!
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We live outside of Boston and have two college-age kids. They both now have a book and we do too. After hearing Dick Couch talk about this book it finely dawned on me how vulnerable we are. I don't think that it is an "if" but a "when" regarding a terrorist attack in the U.S, but I want my family protected.
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I served in the Gulf War in 1991, and I've watched this conflict with great interest. Couch knows what he is talking about. We are in danger. If you want to know how to cope with it you need to read this book.
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By A Customer on November 11, 2003
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I live in a community with some reserve soliders and several national guard troops. It's a tight knit community and we all share a lot. I applaud the courage of my military neighbors, many who have been called up and two of whom are in the Iraq now. We we're discussing some of the hazards they face one day and the conversation turned to weapons of mass destruction and my army reserve neighbor told me about all of the training he gets in this area - and it sounds incredibly extensive. I asked him if he ever worries about WMD and he said "no, not with the training I've had." That got me thinking. I had no training. I searched around and found this book and showed it to another neighbor who is in the national guard. He said "looks just like the manuals we use to train." This is now an indispensible book for me and my family. Why the government doesn't provide these to the rest of us is beyond me.
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If this book were longer it would probably be a best-seller. Captain Couch has taken practical guidance and boiled it down to just the essentials.
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By A Customer on June 25, 2003
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Short and sweet...this answers the mail for me...have been looking for something like this for months.
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