American Anthrax: Fear, Crime, and the Investigation of the Nation's Deadliest Bioterror Attack
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American Anthrax: Fear, Crime, and the Investigation of the Nation's Deadliest Bioterror Attack

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From Jeanne Guillemin, one of the world's leading experts on anthrax and bioterrorism, the definitive account of the anthrax investigation

It was the most complex case in FBI history. In what became a seven-year investigation that began shortly after 9/11—with America reeling from the terror attacks of al Qaeda—virulent anthrax spores sent through the mail killed Bob Steven...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Times Books
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An an interesting book that explores the who-done-it and why it took so long to figure it out of the just after 9/11 anthrax attack. Unfortunately, I fear that our country will never really learn that our enemy is not The Other. People very much like ourselves can be criminals too. While the likely anthrax murderer never went to trial (he committed suicide shortly before he was to be arrested) the evidence against him seems convincing. The "like me" aspect of Bruce Ivins was kind of eerie. We bo...more
Lynn Hall
Interesting but rather dry... The early part of the book (describing the sequence of events as the 2011 anthrax letter attacks unfolded) is reasonably brisk and lively, but the book drags as it goes through the aftermath, culminating in the suicide of the primary suspect. Maybe it's my problem, but I wanted more characters and story, and less data and footnotes. Worth reading, especially for the analysis of the Bush administration's misguided determination to treat the anthrax letters as a forei...more
Interesting at first but I lost interest...goes on the did not finish shelf..
Benjamin Spurlock
Jeanne Guillemin does a great job in bringing to life not only the investigation of the deadliest bioterrorism attack in United States history, but in emphasizing the factors that more traditional narratives might have missed. From the trials and disappointments of Brentwood Exposed, to the personal dramas of the major players, Jeanne has an even-handed and insightful report of this tragic narrative.
I found the first 100 pages of the book that described the initial attacks and immediate aftermath gripping, but, in what is probably a sad parallel to what happened after the attacks, I think the end of the book got bogged down trying to encapsulate all the different aspects of the story into something cohesive and readable, and I lost interest.
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