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While the U.S. maintained an active "bugs and gas" program in the '50s and early '60s, bio-weapons were effectively pulled off this country's agenda in 1972 when countries around the world, led by the United States, forswore development of such weapons at the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. The issue reemerged in the early '90s thanks to Saddam Hussein and revelations of the clandestine and massive buildup of bio-weapons in remote corners of the Soviet Union. The book's description of the Soviet program is horrific. At its peak the program employed thousands of scientists, developing bioengineered pathogens as well as producing hundreds of tons of plague, anthrax, and smallpox annually. The authors conclude that while a biological attack against the United States is not necessarily inevitable, the danger of bio-weapons is too real to be ignored. Well-researched and documented, this book will not disappoint readers looking for a reliable and sober resource on the topic. --Harry C. Edwards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book makes for a very interesting read.
That being said, I thought this was an excellent book and absolutely something that I would recommend anyone to read if you can handle the subject matter.
This book will make you think, and will make you realize the risks America is taking if it continues with outdated foreign policies.
A very detailed book on this subject.
Quite informative and well worth reading if this topic interests you.
Five stars easy.
This book really opened my eyes to how vulnerable we are (and have been) to attacks of the biological nature in this country. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eric J. Kocian
I really liked this book -- I just wish I was a better reader. At times the text was just too dense for me. It was a learning experience, though, reading this book.Published 16 months ago by Carrie Williams
I thought this book was really fascinating and very well written by the authors Judith Miller, Stephen Enyelburg, and William Broad. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by P. Fischer
This seems to me to be a rather superficial book about the subject of biological warfare. The early chapters are about fairly well-know incidents of biological "attacks" (i.e. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by N. Perz
"Germs: Biological Weapons & America's Secret War," J. Miller, Engelberg & Broad. Simon & Schuster 2001, NY. ISBN: 0-684-87158-0, HC 382 pgs., which includes Index 12 pgs. Read morePublished on September 9, 2007 by Russell A. Rohde MD
My conclusion after reading this book: How evil man is! It seems that all what mankind is really concerned about is how to destroy itself by the cruelest, most wicked and gruesome... Read morePublished on July 26, 2007 by Sahra Badou
There are a lot of people who want to discredit the entire book for one reason or another, and they're just plain wrong. Read morePublished on May 30, 2007 by Rick Wingender