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A Plague upon Humanity: The Hidden History of Japan's Biological Warfare Program Paperback – January 4, 2005
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
and it fills in a gap in the literature on the subject
of Japanese wartime atrocities and US complicity in
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
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am studying disaster preparedness and emergency managment, this book offered an insight into peoples minds and how they operate in the biological and cheical weapons world, there... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by charles riley
I have to agree with the others that have given this book two stars--it does present quite a bit of useful information, but the author's sources are mostly secondary. Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Carrie Wingate
I went ahead that got this book because, as a historian of China in particular and Asia in general, I wanted a good overview of the activities and history of Unit 731. Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by R. Sexton