From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up--Mauroni's authoritative, broad discussion does not delve into the moral and ethical implications of the use of chemical and biological (CB) weapons; his intent is to explain why nations would seek to develop them. The author provides a brief history of their development and discusses some of the more controversial episodes in their history, such as the use of human volunteers and open-air testing and the use of CB weapons in the Persian Gulf War. Also discussed are delivery systems for these weapons, and defense. Several case studies are provided, from the use of gas in World War I to the anthrax scare in 2001. The last part of the book offers a list of the names of organizations for further information and a lengthy list for further research of books, journals, and Internet sites that is valuable for the number of viewpoints it represents. Readers may find the glossary somewhat limited. This book is most suitable for students seeking in-depth information rather than ready-reference answers.--Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN
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"[A]uthoritative, broad discussion . . . most suitable for students seeking in-depth information." - School Library Journal
"This volume provides a general-purpose introductory guide to its subject, written by a respected specialist with working experience in this field. . . . The writing style is direct and accessible, with many complex concepts clearly rendered. . . . This title deserves consideration from school and public libraries seeking a handy starting handbook to the information base for this area of warfare." - American Reference Books Annual
"This is one of the handbooks in the well-known Contemporary World Issues series that addresses vital issues in today's society. Each book, carefully organized and easy to use, contains an overview of the subject, a detailed chronology, biographical sketches, facts and data and other primary sources. The book under review is a detailed study of chemical and biological warfare." - Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and the Environment