The U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

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Experts agree that the next terrorist attack on our soil will not come in the same form as September 11. The possibility of nuclear, chemical or biological attack is increasingly likely. The U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Counter-Terrorism Handbook will enable its readers to survive such an attack. It contains the best practices of the United States' military, completely edited and adapted for civilian use. For example, readers will learn how to:Gain knowledge of an impending chemical attack ...

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Overview

Experts agree that the next terrorist attack on our soil will not come in the same form as September 11. The possibility of nuclear, chemical or biological attack is increasingly likely. The U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Counter-Terrorism Handbook will enable its readers to survive such an attack. It contains the best practices of the United States' military, completely edited and adapted for civilian use. For example, readers will learn how to:Gain knowledge of an impending chemical attack using a simple warning system; Protect against biological threats such as anthrax with a series of inoculations; Guard against fallout from a terrorist nuke; Achieve basic protection during chemical or biological attacks with a simple mask; and Administer first aid after nuclear, chemical or biological attacks with a simple first aid kit.It's all here. This handbook is the single most effective tool for civilians to protect themselves and their loved ones against the threat looming over our homeland.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Preparing for the unthinkable is the key to our Code Orange way of life, according to this fact-filled but awkwardly packaged primer. Couch, an ex-Navy Seal and author of The Warrior Elite, has culled military and government publications for "best practices" in coping with nuclear, biological and chemical attacks, which he presents along with gruesome lore on the history, use and effects of NBC weapons. There's a lot of information, but much of it is not for the average reader. One chapter covers protective military gear that Couch concedes is not very appropriate for civilians, and half the book is taken up by appendices, including a lengthy one of NBC casualty treatment protocols for doctors and nurses. While many of the procedures here require special equipment and training, there are some simple tips for laypeople. Curling up in a basement corner after a nuclear blast, for example, can cut your radiation dose by a factor of ten (provided you are outside the "100 percent lethality " zone), while heavy clothing and a wet cloth over the nose and mouth help protect in a chemical or biological strike. After an attack, most fallout/toxins/spoors can be washed off, preferably with diluted bleach. And do use that duct tape. The manual is written in a dryly technical, safety-label style whose authoritative tone is reassuring ("[I]f exposed to a chemical attack and protective gear is not available, attempt to seek shelter and to minimize the inhalation of the agent"). Readers will hopefully never need to use any of this advice, but some may sleep easier knowing they could. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465007974
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,342,577
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Boswell is one of America's most successful literary agents and book packagers. He has also authored and co-authored 13 books on subjects from cooking to art history. He lives in New York.Captain George Galdorisi (consultant) recently completed a career as an active duty naval officer. His training and experience have been focused on chemical, biological and radiological attacks. Today he is a Senior Advisor at a large Navy lab in San Diego and is frequently called upon to confer with the Pentagon leadership on chemical and biological matters. He has written fiction, non-fiction, monthly columns and countless articles. He lives in San Diego. John Boswell is one of America's most successful literary agents and book packagers. He has also authored and co-authored 13 books on subjects from cooking to art history. He lives in New York.Captain George Galdorisi (consultant) recently completed a career as an active duty naval officer. His training and experience have been focused on chemical, biological and radiological attacks. Today he is a Senior Advisor at a large Navy lab in San Diego and is frequently called upon to confer with the Pentagon leadership on chemical and biological matters. He has written fiction, non-fiction, monthly columns and countless articles. He lives in San Diego.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1 The Threat of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism 1
2 A Comprehensive Family Action Plan 9
3 A Brief History of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare 25
4 Nuclear Agents: Detection, Protection, Treatment, and Decontamination 35
5 Biological Agents: Detection, Protection, Treatment, and Decontamination 57
6 Chemical Agents: Detection, Protection, Treatment, and Decontamination 83
7 Personal Detection, Protective, and Decontamination Equipment 105
8 Living with Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism 119
Appendix A Nuclear Agents and Their Effects 123
Appendix B Biological Agents and Their Effects 143
Appendix C Chemical Agents and Their Effects 203
Appendix D Nations Possessing Weapons of Mass Destruction 221
Appendix E Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare References 233
Index 236
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Highly Recommended!

    We assigned writer prepared this recommendation on a lovely, though warm summer day, while butterflies fluttered over a stand of purple thistles. Until he read this book, it seemed like a peaceful scene. Then, it seemed full of threats and hidden perils. He wondered if his building is strong enough to protect against a nuclear attack. What will his family do if someone sprays anthrax spores from a crop duster? Is there a clear spot in the basement to store enough gas masks, and which ones? This book will make you paranoid, too. It says that the threat of an attack is real and growing. You could laugh that off, except that the police just busted an arms dealer for trying to bring missiles into the U.S., except that someone mailed anthrax to strangers, except that there used to be towers at the World Trade Center. Are recommendation ¿ buy this book, read it, then decide whether it is better to prepare or to take your chances. Feeling lucky? At least go buy some flashlight batteries

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    I hadn't thought about this issue on NBC wafare until I read this book...it was provided to me at a seminar...this breaks down the lingo into layman's terms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    A co-worker suggested I buy this book and I did three months ago but didn't have time to read it until the holidays. I'm glad I did. With the increased terror alert level and with airplanes being diverted from landing in the U.S., I have to think that the scenarios that Captain Couch writes about could come true. Thankfully he has extremely useful advice for all of us who want to try to protect ourselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    I teach school in Chula Vista, California. As part of our community outreach program we teach an after hours course in personal responsibility and personal protection. We use Captain Couch's book for good purpose...if only it were longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    I've been on the force in Brooklyn for over 12 years. We get a lot of traning. Some of it's good, some barely o.k. We've had too little in NBC preparation, and we're the first responders. This book answers the bell. I'd give it five stars if it were a video!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    I work for the fire department here in Queens. We now use this as a training manual...hey Captain...when's the video coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    My sister bought this at one of your bookstores (not online) but I thought I would write this review anyway. I just returned from the Persian Gulf on USS Abraham Lincoln. This is the first book she gave me to read. It is amazing how closely the precautions we were trained on in the Gulf (if I never see another gas mask it will be too soon, but I think we will be living with them forever) matched the advice the Captain gives in this book. The SEALS train just a few miles from the base I fly out of and as a SEAL I know he faced this treat more closely than I did in the aviation world. This is my bible while I'm stateside!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    I saw Captain Counch talking about this book and was a bit skeptical so I borrowed the book from a friend. Now I've bought it. It's not hype. This is the first commonsense guide of its kind that I've read and it really tells you what you need to know to deal with this threat, and it also weaves enough of the history and politics about these weapons to make it an interesting read too. I was not disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    I have spent a great deal of time trying to pull information off the web so I can feel that I've made some decent preparation for facing the NBC threat. This book doesn't read like a novel but the info is there - and I can't find it anywhere else. I have recommended this book to many of my friends and I think that we all feel a bit more reassured that we know what's in here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    Captain Couch knows what he is talking about. I feel I am more prepared than ever for a terrorist attack. The checklists are better then I found on the FEMA website. Our government should be doing more of this. We do it in the navy. There's no reason to keep this a secret from civilians.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    My brother is serving with the Third Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Before he deployed months ago we used to joke that he would be better protected against biological or chemical weapons than I (or my family) would be. Then I read this book and it put a punctuation mark on that. The reasons why terrorists have us in their sights are electrifying and Captain Couch makes them all too real. This is a landmark book...I just wish it had been a bit longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    I saw Captain Couch talking about this book on the Network news. I decided to take a chance on it...and I'm glad that I did. My family has been worried about this type of terrorist threat since September 11 - and the war in Iraq has hightened those fears. I was stunned to see how extensive the use of chemical and biological weapons was world-wide - Captain Couch summarized it in just one chapter. This is now an essential companion in our home - especially the checklists which make sense to all of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2003

    U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself and Your Family From the Growing Terrorist Threat

    Could not put this book down. The first thing I read was the chapter on checklists. Absolutely essential. But the chapter that stunned me was the one on the history of chemical and biological warfare. Now that they are finding these weapons in Iraq it all comes together. This is the first user-friendly book on the subject I've seen...and I've seen a lot.

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