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From the Publisher"On or about September 17, 2001, some person or persons mailed a series of anthrax-laden letters to prominent media and political figures. For months a nervous public watched anxiously as health and law enforcement authorities at all levels of the federal system attempted to contain the disease and explain why the citizenry was suddenly vulnerable. Johnstone pierces the cacophony of media and governmental observations about the public health crises that ensued by writing a clear narrative of what happened, and why, during the following five years. Moreover, most of this book demonstrates that the existing public health system was ill prepared to cope with a threat of such scale and scope. The remaining quarter of the book asks 'just how safe are we?' now that both terrorism and global travel can spread disease organisms throughout once isolated and secure human populations. The author concludes that the anthrax crisis has generated some effective policy reforms. However, the evolution and development of new and more lethal germs continue to outpace governmental capacity. Recommended. All readership levels."