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A Laboratory History of Chemical Warfare Agents Paperback – 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0615136455 ISBN-10: 0615136451

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Jared Ledgard (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615136451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615136455
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reid Kirby on February 5, 2009
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A Laboratory History of Chemical Warfare Agents was previously titled as a prepetory manual. The book represents an odd assortment of 52 chemicals, many only of a laboratory interest (e.g., thio-sarin). The book provides scant information on the chemicals themselves, with almost complete focus on barely inteligable recipes for laboratory production that is near meaningless to anyone other than a chemist.

The book starts with the expected disclaimers that no one should attempt make the substances detailed in the book and proceeds to recommend itself as a learning tool for police and a laboratory guide for legitamate researchers. The problem is the book is not written for investigators and is void of the literature references researchers would expect.

What information is provided in regards to chemical warfare (mostly one-liners) is grossly inacurate from both a technical and historical perspective. For example, the Japanese used nerve agents on China in WWII (wrong); mustard gas would not be used by a modern army over other blister agents like the nitrogen mustards (wrong); phosgene is a blood agent (wrong).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on April 17, 2013
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I took an explosive introduction course put on by the FBI and they referenced this book. If you are not a scientist don't waste your money. I guess it could be the greatest book ever written but it is a text book designed for a scientist, I am not so it is useless to me.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Disco on March 8, 2009
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A Laboratory History of Chemical Warfare Agents is the best book in my opinion on the subject of the chemistry of chemical warfare agents. The book is a complete source of chemical warfare information, and is filled with valuable information on over 50 of the most commonly used warfare agents. The book is written in sections starting off with a laboratory tutorial and reference guide, followed by lachrymator, disabling, and irritant agents, then followed by blood agents, blister agents, then followed by nerve agents, followed by experimental agents, and then closing with methods of dissemination and use. Each section comes with precise and direct information discussing the physical nature and properties of each class of chemical agents and their physical properties. Each chemical warfare agent is discussed in great detail with general and detailed information on each substance and includes precise chemical formulas and exhaustive detailed laboratory procedures for their preparation. The book also emphasizes the toxicities of each agent, and safety and hazard information. This is a great book, and one of the best technical chemical warfare books available, and is well worth the price.Read more ›
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Well written and informed on chemical warfare agents! Excellent assortment of chemical compounds from blistering agents to experimental weapons. I would recommend this to a friend.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FTG on September 6, 2011
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The book arrived in a timely manor and in great condition. I find this book to be fascinating, the very idea that people have created such horrific chemicals is sad and mind boggling. If you are looking for a book on the history of chemical weapons this is not the book. This book is more or less a recipe book, with descriptions in the front for laboratory equipment followed by instructions for each chemical substance.
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