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Germ Warfare: A Very Graphic History

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Max Brooks, best-selling author of “World War Z” and non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, has partnered with the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to produce GERM WARFARE: A Very Graphic History, a highly stylized and engaging graphic novel depicting previous biological warfare events, the possibilities for the future, and the continued need f ...more
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Published April 27th 2019 by Blue Ribbon Study on Biodefense
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Will Byrnes
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So, I was doing a little research on Max Brooks, having recently received an ARE of his latest book, and came across this graphic history, and advocacy book, that traces our experience with germ warfare of diverse sorts, looks at where we are today, and highlights some of the challenges we face in protecting ourselves from such assaults in future.

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This includes noting the anti-vaxxer movement, among other political persp
Sean Carlin
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"But while science helped win the war on germs, it also helped use germs for war."

Germ Warfare: A Very Graphic History is a thoroughly fascinating, meticulously researched comic-book documentary (and brownie points for successfully bringing that genre to that medium!) on the scientific discovery and ensuing military weaponization of germs.

Master of horror Max Brooks spins a truly chilling account of the evolution of twentieth-century germ warfare, from the efforts of Imperial Germany during the
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid introduction to the history of biological warfare and bio-terrorism, from roughly medieval warfare through WWI/WWII to the Amerithrax attacks. Around high school-level of complexity, doesn't really get into the weeds of the science or policy. A reminder of the value of investments in public health, which also enhances national security.

I couldn't help but see the 'half-hidden scheming bio-terrorist' and think 'Dr. Claw', though. ("I'll get you next time, CDC!")

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Vladyslav Ieliashevskyi
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good history recap about world's most silent killers, and how humans have, are and will use them against each other.
Unfortunatelly, the ones who are not aware about their history, are condemned to repeat it.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Solid, rapid-fire history of biological warfare. There was a bit more body horror than I expected in the illustrations ("oh, okay, that's a drawing of a bucket of amputated limbs, all right") but I would recommend this as a quick primer for the non-squeamish. ...more
Chantal Fay
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quick read graphic novel about the history and future of infectious diseases. Brooks focuses specifically on how germs have been used for centuries as weapons, and how the government is fighting a battle not just against germs, but against misinformation about them.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great graphic novel that everyone should read! A wonderful partnership between the Blue Ribbon Panel and Max Brooks.
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Veebist täiesti tasuta leitav 40-leheküljeline koomiks patogeenide ja biorelvade ajaloost. Hariv üleskutse läbimõeldud ennetustegevuseks. 4/5
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Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He has been called ”the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism.“

Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft. He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.

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