- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Delta; Reprint edition (April 11, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385334966
- ISBN-13: 978-0385334969
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 207 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It Reprint Edition
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In this fast-paced memoir, Ken Alibek combines cutting-edge science with the narrative techniques of a thriller to describe some of the most awful weapons imaginable. The result will remind readers of The Hot Zone, Richard Preston's smart bestseller about the Ebola virus. That book focuses on the dangers of a freak accident; Biohazard shows how disease can become a deliberate tool of war. Alibek, once a top scientist in the Soviet Union's biological weapons program, describes putting anthrax on a warhead and targeting a city on the other side of the world. "A hundred kilograms of anthrax spores would, in optimal atmospheric conditions, kill up to three million people in any of the densely populated metropolitan areas of the United States," he writes. "A single SS-18 [missile] could wipe out the population of a city as large as New York."
Chilling passages like these, plus discussions of proliferation and terrorism, make Biohazard a harrowing book, but it also has a human side. Alibek, who defected to the United States, describes the routine danger of his work: "A bioweapons lab leaves its mark on a person forever." An unending stream of vaccinations has destroyed his sense of smell, afflicted him with allergies, made it impossible to eat certain kinds of food, and "weakened my resistance to disease and probably shortened my life." But it didn't take away his ability to tell an astonishing story. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I found this narrative compelling from beginning to end and strongly recommend it.
This is an updated book of his earlier release of the book Biohazard. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, stockpiles of smallpox, plague, Ebola and a few other highly infectious diseases are no longer tightly controlled or protected. The highly trained scientists also found out that they could earn an enormous salary if they went rogue going from 100 rubles per month to thousand of rubles per month.
The former KGB and the Russian military still have secret bioweapon manufacturing sites in the new Russia. President Putin, a former KBG head, now leads the country. He undoubtedly still believes that the western nations need to be eliminated and placed under Russian control.
Remember, bioweapons are a "poor man's" nuclear weapon. Easy to disperse without anyone knowing about the release for several days or weeks. Just sit back and watch a population collapse without firing a single shot.
Also discussed are the contributions the United States and other countries made to this program by supplying equipment and other material.
This is a great book to develop an understanding of why we have so much more to fear from a rogue bioweapons attack than we do from being nuked. Where has all the material wound up? With Russia's current economic troubles, who has sold what where?