Germs Gone Wild: How the Unchecked Development of Domestic Bio-Defense Threatens America

Germs Gone Wild: How the Unchecked Development of Domestic Bio-Defense Threatens America

by Kenneth King
     
 

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A shocking exposé of the reckless proliferation of bio-weapon research and the threat this poses to everyday Americans.See more details below

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A shocking exposé of the reckless proliferation of bio-weapon research and the threat this poses to everyday Americans.

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Publishers Weekly
In 2006, when the Department of Homeland Security was searching for a site to house the "second biggest biodefense facility" in America, the Republican Congressman representing Pulaski County, Ky., was in the forefront of a coalition pushing to house the facility; it would be "as safe as going to Wal-Mart," he asserted. But thousands signed petitions in opposition, including Pulaski resident King, who collected enough evidence to call these safety claims lies. Even after Kentucky was eliminated as a potential home, King continued his research, compiling an impressive number of articles and reports that illustrate not only a widespread failure to track and contain biologically dangerous materials at germ labs across the country, but a history of reckless or even criminal behavior (routing chemical sprayings of U.S. cities through the 1950s, for example). As a chronicle of the development of America's largely unseen biodefense infrastructure, King's book is intriguing; the author combines meticulous research, an often flippant style, and unshakable faith. And this personal connection ultimately stops King's effort from being greater than the sum of its parts.
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Library Journal
King (writing, emeritus, Western Kentucky Univ.) was an active participant in the movement to keep a new National Bio-and Agro-Facility Bio-Safety Level-4 (NBAF BSL-4) lab from being built in Kentucky. He documents the process used by some groups to fight against the local placement of these labs and past problems with other existing high-security biological-research labs. While there is no reason to doubt the facts presented, the book is written in an argumentative and strident tone that will lead only strong supporters of King's viewpoint to read it. His purpose is unclear, and his argument is unlikely to convince anyone of the appropriateness of opposing this type of research. VERDICT This is recommended only for libraries located in areas that were considered for these labs and had active public participation and for die-hard supporters of this cause.—Eric D. Albright, Tufts Univ. Health Sciences Lib., Boston
Ed Hammond
“A superb guided tour of the demented world of twenty-first century bioweapons research in America, where dangerous new labs seem to pop up on every street corner, the lines between offense and defense blur, and people who question the wisdom and safety of it all are derided by their own government.”

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ISBN-13:
9781605981000
Publisher:
Pegasus
Publication date:
08/07/2010
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

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