The Plague Makers: The Secret World of Biological Warfare / Edition 3

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Overview

The growing threat of bioterrorism on American soil over the past year has unleashed uncertainty and anxiety from coast to coast. Since the tragic events of September 11, and increasingly with every passing day, anthrax and other biological agents have become very real threats to public safety. Yet most Americans remain ignorant of the facts on biological agents, relying primarily on the government for accurate information. The Plague Makers informs a nervous public about the realities of biological warfare. Barnaby acquaints the reader with the evolution of biological weapons in countries around the world, from primitive ancient technologies used by the Greeks to high-tech weaponry developed secretly by the United States government. Aum Shinrikyo's Tokyo subway attack and the emergence of the West Nile virus in New York are only two of the many recent incidences of terror addressed by the author. Barnaby also provides a comprehensive overview of the different types of chemicals used in chemical warfare, as well as analyses of their use around the world. Barnaby further discusses the international regulations aimed at controlling the development and production of biological weapons, as well as possible defense strategies against biological agents of destruction. In The Plague Makers, she has outlined a sobering history of biological warfare.

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A science writer (who happens to be married to a defense analyst) discusses the growing threat of biological weapons, friendly nations' BW programs as well as Iraq's, defenses, and progress toward international regulation through the BW Convention. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826414151
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Barnaby is a science writer and broadcaster. She has worked as a journalist in Sweden and the UK, where she broadcasts regularly for the BBC and the ABC. From 1992-95 she chaired the Association of British Science Writers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Growing Threat 13
2 Agents of Biological Warfare 27
3 Terrorism 39
4 Iraq's Secret Biological Weapons 57
5 Brothers in Arms: UK, US and Canadian Programmes 75
6 Germany, USSR, Japan and South Africa 103
7 Scientific Developments and BW 131
8 Defence Against Biological Warfare 149
9 International Regulation 169
10 By Opposing End Them 187
Notes 199
Index 219
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    Great characters, history, intrigue and dialogue!

    I truly enjoyed this book. The characters were varied and interesting, dialogue fascinating, scientifically accurate, and the historical information from WWII was totally new information to me. But, the ending was the best. Don't hesitate to pick this up. You won't want to put it down!

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