The term "biological warfare" brings to mind images of ruthless dictators, delusional terrorists, and cartoonish movie villains. The assertions made by Stephen Endicott and Edward Hagerman, that the United States engaged in germ warfare against China and North Korea in the 1950s, are therefore both shocking and disturbing. The United States and Biological Warfare is an important yet flawed history of the American program, from its origin in 1941 as the Bacteriological Warfare Committee (quickly and obfuscatingly renamed the WBC) to its abrupt closure in the 1960s. The main focus of the book, however, is the United States' activities in Korea and China during the Korean War--where, Endicott and Hagerman claim, the U.S. launched a number of biological attacks to spread anthrax, cholera, and smallpox viruses, as well as other disease-causing agents.
This book is bound to draw criticism from many sides; despite their thorough research, the authors have yet to find a proper "smoking gun." Some of the science is muddled, as well--though it is at times difficult to tell if the confusion began in the military documents or with the authors. The circumstantial evidence and overall argument, however, are quite compelling. What is even more disturbing than these activities (including the fact that scientists who were active in Japan's biological warfare program in World War II were granted immunity for their war crimes in return for sharing their knowledge) is the wartime mentality that causes countries to contemplate and even commit atrocities in the name of national security. A chilling read.
I totally agree with the very first reviewer ("Unacceptable scholarship by any standard.", Ed. Regis(?)). Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Hwang
The preface here convinced me that the goal of this book was merely the same old liberal theme of "the US is as bad as them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by NoRed1917
The book used multiple sources
1) original studies and reports from China and Korea, including medical studies, photos, reports of the germ war activities, the symptoms... Read more
What someone can say!!! As it is known,in 1998, 12 newly Soviet documents was released, which prove the fabrication of the biological warefare (see: Bulletin Bulletin 11 - Cold... Read morePublished on July 17, 2005 by Vas Stav
My first thought in reading this book was that it was the product of a critical socialist mind. Korean Conflict should be known as "Resist America, Aid Korea War" and the glorious... Read morePublished on October 13, 2002
This book used a lot of declassified material to show it was highly possible that US used bio-weapons in Korean war. Read morePublished on January 2, 2000
I highly recommend that anyone thinking about purchasing this book read the excellent review "Wartime Lies?" in the New York Times Book review ofJune 26 by Ed Regis. Read morePublished on June 27, 1999
I found this book highly interesting, especially in the light of other publications on that subject (e.g. Read morePublished on March 1, 1999