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The Anthrax Letters: A Leading Expert on Bioterrorism Explains the Science Behind the Anthrax Attacks

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At 2:00am on October 2, 2001, Robert Stevens entered a hospital emergency room. Feverish, nauseated, and barely conscious, no one knew what was making him sick. Three days later he was dead. Stevens was the first fatal victim of bioterrorism in America.

Bioterrorism expert Leonard Cole has written the definitive account of the Anthrax attacks. Cole is the only person outside law enforcement to have interviewed every one of the surviving inhalation-anthrax victims, along with ...

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The Anthrax Letters: A Bioterrorism Expert Investigates the Attack That Shocked America

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At 2:00am on October 2, 2001, Robert Stevens entered a hospital emergency room. Feverish, nauseated, and barely conscious, no one knew what was making him sick. Three days later he was dead. Stevens was the first fatal victim of bioterrorism in America.

Bioterrorism expert Leonard Cole has written the definitive account of the Anthrax attacks. Cole is the only person outside law enforcement to have interviewed every one of the surviving inhalation-anthrax victims, along with the relatives, friends, and associates of those who died, as well as the public health officials, scientists, researchers, hospital workers, and treating physicians. Fast paced and riveting, this minute-by-minute chronicle of the anthrax attacks recounts more than a history of recent current events, it uncovers the untold and perhaps even more important story of how scientists, doctors, and researchers perform life-saving work under intense pressure and public scrutiny. Updated with new information about Ivins and a series of upcoming Congressional hearings into the FBI’s conduct in this case, The Anthrax Letters amply demonstrates how vulnerable America was in 2001 and whether we are better prepared now for a bioterror attack.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781602397156
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Leonard A. Cole is an adjunct professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, where he teaches science and public policy. He is an expert on bioterrorism. Trained in the health sciences and public policy, he holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. Cole has written for professional journals as well as general publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, and The Sciences. He has testified before congressional committees and made invited presentations to several government agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of Technology Assessment. He has appeared frequently on network and public television and has been a regular on MSNBC. He is the author of six books including The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare. He lives in Ridgewood, NJ.
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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Case Closed, the Anthrax Letters

    The Book The Anthrax Letters by Leonard A. Cole was a very interesting and informing book. I already had some knowledge about the bioterrorism attacks but I learned more because there were a lot first-hand accounts on the issue and some of the very first cases of anthrax that I didn't even know of. The first chapter was very heart-wrenching with what happened to Bob Stevens. It really broke my heart to have gone through his last few days of life and I really wished he made it through. Each chapter went very in depth about everything that had to do with the attacks. With certain tangents like about the media centers and newspapers were still interesting and it flowed nicely together even though it didn't have anything to do with the anthrax. The pictures of the victims, doctors, and the anthrax were very interesting and fascinating to see. I was very happy when the other people were able to survive from being exposed from the bacteria but my heart went out to those people who didn't quite make it as Leonard would explain each person and their family who were affected and killed by this horrible bacterium. Leonard did a very good job with each chapter and he was very particular and presented each item of information in a very flowing and he always kept me very interested with every page turn. The prologue was very interesting because I was very fascinated with the reactions with the senators and leaves some of them to be questioned with if they had something to do with it. He ended the book on a very strong note with the quote, "But for many survivors, as for much of the country, enough evidence has been produced to provide sufficient relief when the government declares as it seems bound to, that the anthrax case is officially closed." Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading and loves a good story in history. This book a very good book and I encourage all to read and get the story behind the terrible event.

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