Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues Series) / Edition 1

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Overview

Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Reference Handbook surveys the history of modern chemical and biological weapons, from their genesis on World War I battlefields through their World War II deployment and Cold War research and development to present-day policies and strategies.

Casting aside moral issues and scare tactics, this uniquely unbiased reference explores both sides of this highly controversial topic, explaining the utility, necessity, and protected use of such weapons as well as the ramifications of their abuse. From delivery systems (bombs, missiles, rockets) and defense methods (detection devices, protective suits, decontaminants) to the deployment of such weapons in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars, students and concerned citizens alike will discover the real reasons behind U.S. support for chemical and biological warfare.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

". . . authoritative, broad discussion. . . most suitable for students seeking in-depth information."

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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."

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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."

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Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and the Environment

Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851094820
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/25/2003
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Addressing Chemical and Biological Warfare 1
2 Issues and Controversies 27
3 Why Countries Develop Chemical and Biological Weapons 53
4 CB Warfare Chronology 75
5 CB Weapon Systems 99
6 Defenses against CB Weapons 121
7 Case Studies 145
8 Organizations, Associations, and Government and International Agencies 169
9 Print and nonprint Resources 189
Glossary 219
Index 229
About the Author 245
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