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Biological Weapons: From the Invention of State-Sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism

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Until the events of September 11 and the anthrax attacks of 2001, biological weapons had never been a major public concern in the United States. Today, the possibility of their use by terrorists against Western states looms large as an international security concern. In Biological Weapons, Jeanne Guillemin provides a highly accessible and compelling account of the circumst ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Columbia University Press (first published December 7th 2004)
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Jason Courtoy
Aug 09, 2011 Jason Courtoy rated it it was amazing
Jeanne Guillemin offers a chilling, yet surprisingly calm, account of the development and aftermath of state-sponsored biological weapons programs. The author presents the book as a short, yet concise, history of how biology became a weapon. This is no easy task, as a plethora of books exist solely on a single episode that this book outlines. Guillemin, a passionate speaker on nonproliferation in the field of bio-weapons, writes this book solely on facts.

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Guillemin provides a simple, barebones summary of the biological weapons programs that have been established in the past century. Although moderately difficult to read with most of the information provided as disengaging fact and statistics, the author is obviously very well educated on the subject and is able to summarize such a broad and covert subject into a small and sufficient book.
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