The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh Plague

The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Uses historical and contemporary examples to explain chemical and biological weapons--their development, testing, manufacture, and effects

Book News
A specialist in the subject, Cole (science and public policy, Rutgers U.) offers historical and contemporary examples to explain what biological and chemical weapons are, how they are developed and tested, and what their effects can be. Among them are the German introduction of mustard gas by Germany in 1917, Iraq's use of chemical weapons against Iran, and the chemical nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway in 1995. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
The Eleventh Plague deals with a terrifying and compelling subject: biological and chemical warfare. Using historical and contemporary examples, Cole explains what biological and chemical weapons are, how they are developed and tested, and what their effects can be. He vividly describes the very real threat that Iraq would use chemical weapons in the Gulf War - real enough that every man, woman, and child in Israel had to wear a gas mask. He also analyzes the possibility that the so-called Gulf War syndrome may have been due to biological or chemical weapons, a possibility that federal investigations have yet to confirm or disprove.
Cole lucidly describes the wide range of possible responses to the threat of biological or chemical warfare. But every expert admits that absolute protection may be impossible. Materials can be easy to get, even easier to transport, and virtually impossible to trace.
The Eleventh Plague arms us with a frightening knowledge. What do recent political and technical developments suggest for the future? And how will we fight this increasingly ominous, deadly plague?

Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, c1997
ISBN: 9780716729501
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 24 cm


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