Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory

Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory

by Michael C Carroll
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Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, I found this book morbidly fascinating and concerning in its implications. As a piece of objective literature, there are shortcomings. The tone of the writing borders upon sensationalism and conspiracy theory conjecture. The author confuses bacteria with viruses. Other factual problems are more concerning, including a sign dated in the '50s with biohazard warning signs on it: the biohazard warning sign was developed by Dow Chemical in the '70s -- there's an obvious anachronism here. Taken together, these factual errors lead me to question just how accurate the author's writing and research really is. Still, the source materials appear credible and I have little reason to believe interviewees have anything to gain by providing embellished details, so I would give the author benefit of the doubt. The primary goal of the book is to galvanize the public to more closely scrutinize what goes on at Plum Island, and what we should do about it. In that respect, he certainly got my attention, and I feel he makes a worthwhile argument.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will make you wonder what else we are doing out there. Frightening to say the least but a real eye opener. Also a great eye opener is In the Name of Science: A History of Secret Programs, Medical Research and Human Experimentation by Andrew Goliszek, who describes some gruesome research done over the past 50 years and is being done right now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having fished off Plum Island 20 years ago, in the straight known as Plum Gut, I can say that Mr. Carroll's book is clearly accurate. Had I known the information provided, I'm not sure I ever would have taken the Orient Point Ferry or fished anywhere on Long Island's east end. Since the east coast of the US is so populated, Mr. Carroll does a great job describing the dangers and potential fixes of this island. Carroll does a great service to the country by bringing this issue to the attention of the world.