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“Barenblatt exposes horrors that test the limits of human imagination ... A timely, important book.” (Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking)

“An important book, A Plague upon Humanity is as alarming as it is compelling.” (James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys)

“Daniel Barenblatt’s account could not be more timely. A revealing complement to today’s WMD debate.” (James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly, and author of Looking at the Sun)

“Delivers gripping testimony and long-needed justice to one of the great untold evils of World War II.” (Craig Nelson, author of The First Heroes)

“Eye-opening. Daniel Barenblatt has written a powerful and disturbing book.” (Ross Terrill, author of Mao and The New Chinese Empire)

About the Author

Daniel Barenblatt holds degrees from Harvard and UCLA, and his writing about the Japanese germ warfare program has appeared in the Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060933879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060933876
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Plague Upon Humanity is extremely well-written and

and it fills in a gap in the literature on the subject

of Japanese wartime atrocities and US complicity in

its cover-up.

The review by "Harkius" below contains false

statements that need to be challenged.

First, contrary to Harkius' statement, this book

definitely uses a number of primary sources, and

quite valuable and dramatic ones at that. They are

clearly listed in the endnotes and sometimes in the

body of the chapter texts as well.

Harkius writes that the book errs in calling the

agent of typus by the name Eberthella typhosa. In

fact, this was the common name used for the bacteria

in the time period examined in the book, the years

of Imperial Japanese germ warfare and Unit 731, so

it is perfectly acceptable to use the term. It is

precisely the same bacteria that would later go by the

name Salmonella typhi.

The book's narrative of the unfolding history is

quite clear, easy to read and chronological. I had

no problem following the details of the story and

cannot comprehend why he would characterize its style

as "schizophrenic".

Exactly the opposite is true.

Harkius completely misquotes the author by saying

that he writes that a girl's vivisection by Japanese

invaders was "the exact act of a devil." Author

Barenblatt did NOT say that, rather that is a quote

from the testimony of a Chinese woman from the

girl's village and it is presented in the book as

the account of a Chinese survivor and an eyewitness.
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This book offers insight into a primarily unexplored portion of history. Terrifying is the most descriptive term I can think of to portray the magnitude of what I felt by reading this book.

It is well researched and flows well for reading. In fact, it flows almost too well as the reader finds himself in Harbin in the 1930s and the terror that ensued with the biological warfare program.

The thought of human vivisection is too overpowering when considering the absolute hell the victims must have endured. How this horror has remained largely unchallenged defies the laws of humanity!

Proceed with caution...this book offers nightmares more intense than any best selling horror novel could ever offer.
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This book is excellent history of Japanese atrocities. It is well written and easy to read. Well researched. Some surprising events, little known history. Recommend to serious students of Pacific war.
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very interesting with tons of facts that 90% of the world don't know thanks to Japan and the US covering it up for Bio info that would be used against the cold war bad guys if needed. But accidents happens!!
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