Books about disease and bioterrorism have become a subgenre in recent years, following the popular success of Richard Preston's The Hot Zone and Ken Alibek's Biohazard. Living Terrors probably provides the best quick-and-dirty guide to the problem for lay readers, with its harrowing descriptions of why certain diseases are so fatal and its clear assessment of America's disturbing vulnerabilities. Each chapter begins with a fictionalized account of how an attack might occur. In one, Osterholm and Schwartz write of a disgruntled scientist who loads anthrax into a crop-duster and flies over a crowded stadium. The authors believe this kind of sensationalism is completely warranted, given the nature of the threat and federal government's lackadaisical response to it. The point, they say, is "to warn you that the threat of biological terrorism is real without frightening you out of your wits. Instead, we hope to frighten you into your wits." --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is a very quick read, and easily understood by the target readers.
Like a Steven King novel, as you read this book, the hair on the back of your neck will begin to rise and your palms will begin to sweat.
Dr. Osterholm ends the book with an "eight point plan" to improve readiness in the case of a bioterrorism attack.
Opens your eyes and mind as to what may come or actually what is already happening. You could put this book away and reread 4-5 months again and see something that you might of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marian E. Wells
This book is scary. It should be mandatory reading for every kid as soon as they are able. Barak Obama should get a law passed that makes it a federal offence to refuse to read... Read morePublished 19 months ago by William L. Vacca
Originally I didn't think much of this book, since it was one of the required books for my capstone course. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SGC
Real life scenario based book about biological terrorism in all its potential forms and sources. Could be front page news in the current world we live. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by R. J. LaBarba
This book by Michael Osterholm is extreamly hard to put down. I have had the privilege of knowing the author because of having somewhat similar backgrounds regarding microbes and... Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by William J. Martin
While Dr. Osterholm's suggestions for improvements to the nations biological defense were ingenious and visionary, the rest of the text was to sensational for me to take seriously. Read morePublished on May 26, 2005 by D. Norat
This book presents threat scenarios, and it also presents an 8 point program.
Flatly, Dr. Osterholm doesn't go NEARLY far enough. This prescription and Dr. Read more
I first read LIVING TERRORS two years ago, when the first edition hit bookstores. I re-read it this past week (mid-November 2002) and it still chills me... as well it should. Read morePublished on November 15, 2002 by Earl Merkel
The topics of this book are biological ("germ") warfare, the implications of a biological attack on the USA and the policies that have (not) been put in place to deal with such an... Read morePublished on April 24, 2002 by Dr. Eduard Van Kleef