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Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction: Radiological, Chemical, and Biological 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0471465607
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“The general public, safety professionals, emergency responders, and those in the media will find this book useful.” (Cab International, 18th February 2005)

"…its listings, compilation of data, brief technical histories and the sections dealing with containment are excellent…" (Chemistry & Industry, Issue 4, 21st February 2005)

"Langford holds two Ph.D.'s in scientific disciplines relevant to the subject area of the book, and brings a wealth of experience in military service and industry…” (CHOICE, October 2004)

"The target audiences for the book are clinicians and students who will appreciate the compactness of this reference. The book is also recommended for health, medical and hospital libraries as an useful 'ready' reference for quick access to information on microorganisms.” (E-STREAMS, August 2004)

"Langford provides an excellent introduction to the historical use and effects of 'weapons of mass destruction'.… It's nice to have this much information in a single volume." (Chemical & Health Safety, August 2004)

"If you want to get a good overview of mass destruction potential, this offers an easily understandable and practical insight into the variety of agents available and the basic information of understanding the mechanisms and potential responses to minimize their effects.” (Vet Human Toxicol, 46 (3) June 2004)

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Crucial information on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons

From the diseased animal carcass hurled over the wall of a besieged castle to the nuclear suitcase bomb carried by a clandestine operative, the threat of unconventional weapons has always been a feature of warfare. Today’s danger comes mainly from the potential use of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by international terrorists or rogue states. False alarms and misinformation about these weapons have abounded in the jittery post-9/11 atmosphere. To understand and deal with the actual threat posed requires basing response plans, policy, and reporting on actual facts.

Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction separates fact from fiction about NBC weaponry by providing clear, technically precise information. For each family of weapon, coverage in this handbook includes:

  • History and background information
  • Agent types and delivery mechanisms
  • Effects of exposure
  • Protection
  • Safe storage and handling
  • Decontamination
  • Medical treatments

Drawing from a broad array of military, scientific, and safety resources, this text offers both accessibility to the general public and accuracy and depth for professional emergency responders. Additional resources include a bibliography of references and a list of addresses and telephone numbers of federal and military agencies and professional organizations of interest. With full coverage of WMDs, from high-tech, genetically modified organisms to rudimentary radiological "dirty bombs," Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction is an essential reference for understanding and responding to these dangerous warfare agents.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (February 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471465607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471465607
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Christensen on November 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is not a response guide. It's a good intro if you're in a college-level WMD course, as it gives solid background information on the "true" weapons of mass destruction. It focuses on the Big Three (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) and their advantages and disadvantages. The illustrations are pretty terrible, and the book lacks in-depth case studies, but the data inside seems pretty sound. A good source for writing a paper, not so much for field personnel. Very little discussion of PPE.
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I found Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction: Radiological, Chemical, and Biological by R. Everett Langford to be a good introduction to the area of CBRNE. It would be more complete if it dealt with the explosive componant as well.

A good book for CBRNE Courses.
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Format: Hardcover
This book contains a wealth of information and would make for an excellent reference if it were written and edited better. It is not intended to make the reader an expert in chemical, biological and nuclear weapons effects, but rather to give an undergraduate-level of understanding to the topics.

Unfortunately, the same information is repeated in different sections across the book with different levels of detail in each section. Other times the text is poorly written and difficult to understand. Better organization, less repetition and heavy editing would significantly enhance the book's readability.
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