Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 2, 2002 - History - 416 pages
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In the wake of the anthrax letters following the attacks on the World Trade Center, Americans have begun to grapple with two difficult truths: that there is no terrorist threat more horrifying -- and less understood -- than germ warfare, and that it would take very little to mount a devastating attack on American soil. In Germs, three veteran reporters draw on top sources inside and outside the U.S. government to lay bare Washington's secret strategies for combating this deadly threat.
Featuring an inside look at how germ warfare has been waged throughout history and what form its future might take (and in whose hands), Germs reads like a gripping detective story told by fascinating key figures: American and Soviet medical specialists who once made germ weapons but now fight their spread, FBI agents who track Islamic radicals, the Iraqis who built Saddam Hussein's secret arsenal, spies who travel the world collecting lethal microbes, and scientists who see ominous developments on the horizon. With clear scientific explanations and harrowing insights, Germs is a masterfully written -- and timely -- work of investigative journalism.
  

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Review: Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

User Review  - Timothy - Goodreads

Maybe a bit too short but it does make for a good brief introduction to/ history of germ warfare. Overall, a good read. Read full review

Review: Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

I lost steam on this one and I'm giving up. It was very interesting up until the authors really focused in on Iraq and the Gulf War... It started crossing the line to me and coming off as a part ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
The President
223
Defenders
256
The Future
287
Afterword
315

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Judith Miller is an author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times. She was part of a small team that won a Pulitzer Prize for “explanatory journalism” for her January 2001 series on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. She won an Emmy for her work on a Nova/New York Times documentary based on articles for her book Germs. Miller is the author of four books, two of which were #1 bestsellers. In 2005 she received the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award for her protection of sources. She is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of its magazine, “City Journal.” Since 2008, she has been a commentator for Fox News.

Stephen Engelberg reported on national security for a decade and is now investigations editor for the Times. He lives in the New York City area.

William J. Broad has practiced yoga since 1970. A bestselling author and senior writer at The New York Times, he has won every major award in print and television during more than thirty years as a science journalist. With New York Times colleagues, he has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as an Emmy Award and a DuPont. He is the author or coauthor of seven books, including Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, a #1 New York Times bestseller.

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