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THE EXPERTS AGREE:
Within 10 years a nuclear warhead will devastate a major city.
This is not a movie outline, but the sober consensus among intelligence analysts.
Our vulnerability to attack by weapons of mass destruction has never been greater. The Cold War may be over, but every day rogue regimes and developing superpowers are building up arsenals of chemical, biological, and nuclear arms. While everything from anthrax to botulism to dirty bombs poses a threat, most of us are ignorant of the clear and present danger. Get to "know thy enemy" with this overview of the current world situation, written by a journalist specializing in defense issues. From the mustard gas of World War I to the mushroom clouds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to Hussein's gassing of Iraqui Kurds, review the methodology and motivation behind historic attacks. Riveting accounts of the current crisisfrom terrorist access to discarded stockpiles of deadly germs, to the potentially lethal nuclear one-upmanship between India and Pakistan, to North Korea's renewed commitment to proliferationmake it clear that long after the Iraq situation is resolved, weapons of mass destruction will remain a threat to our national security and world stability.
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This book, Weapons of Mass Destruction, by Robert Hutchinson, is a fascinating novel on the practices and precautions revolving around the use of WMDs, primarily during the Cold War. The ¿guide¿, as it calls itself, wastes no time getting straight to the hard facts, some of which are personal experiences from the author himself. The novel begins by describing a test of British equipment in the event of Russian nuclear attack. The test paints a picture of the devastation and depression that nuclear warfare could lead to, or at least how the British interpret it. This quote stands out to me as a perfect summary of the fear that should naturally be caused by nuclear warfare, a common theme of this novel. ¿Throughout, the RAF officers, like many thousands of their American, Russian, French, and Chinese counterparts, worked assiduously and professionally, in the full knowledge that one day, if diplomacy failed, if there had been a desperate mistake, if a lunatic was seated behind the anonymous desk of power, they had no chance of survival. Indeed, if this was real, they had only minutes to live. It was a chilling and sobering experience.¿ This novel exemplifies does a great job at analyzing the past and present concerns about WMDs, which concern This novel focuses on two countries in specific; the US, and Russia, generally focusing on nuclear weapons of the two, rather than the respective chemical and biological weapons that each undoubtedly possesses. These forms of WMD are generally not pictured when the words ¿Weapon of mass destruction¿ are spoken, instead replaced by the image of nuclear warheads raining down from the sky. The novel also does a good job at portraying the mindset of a nuclear weapon-laden country in the event of a nuclear attack. For example, in Russia, a dead-launch system has been developed so that in the event of the total devastation of Russia¿s communications lines and the ability to give human commands, the system will still be able to give itself its own commands on what to do. If the system decides that Russia is indeed incapacitated by a nuclear attack, it will then track the attacker, and unleash the full fury of the ¿Motherland¿ and her nuclear weapons, in a last-ditch effort to avenge Russia. This is the mindset of a government which possesses these weapons ¿ it¿s all or nothing in the case of nuclear war. As a whole, I truly did enjoy this novel. Its portrayal of the scenarios in which a WMD could be unleashed unto the world are extremely realistic ¿ which scares me immensely. I would recommend this novel to anyone, as it is a topic which affects most citizens of the world today. My overall rating is a 5/5.