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Inhaltsangabe: Not so long ago, scientists worked towards eradicating viruses and plagues -- seeking to prolong and protect human life. Today, scientists are stockpiling viruses for military use. And, even more terrifying, they have developed new plagues and super-viruses that are resilient to treatment. Ostensibly for defense purposes, these weapons put civilians at risk.
Among this book's revelations is information about the Soviet government's successful development of a combination of smallpox and Ebola. Wendy Barnaby also discusses how the U.S. and South Africa have separately funded biological weapons research targeting specific ethnic groups. Barnaby uncovers startling evidence that scientists and politicians are complacent about the threats that biological weapons pose. Wantonly flouting international safeguards, laboratories around the world continue to endanger the human population.
With the breakdown of the former Soviet Union and the unhalted growth of Iraq's germ warfare program, biological weapons are increasingly available to organizations hostile to the West. The sarin nerve gas attack by Japan's Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult in 1995 was a comparatively contained example of biological weaponry's deadly potential.
Barnaby's accessible and sobering assessment of biological warfare will stimulate a much-needed dialogue between governments and the public they are putting at risk.
Inhaltsangabe: The growing threat of bioterrorism on American soil over the past year has unleashed uncertainty and anxiety from coast to coast. Since the tragic events of September 11, and increasingly with every passing day, anthrax and other biological agents have become very real threats to public safety. Yet most Americans remain ignorant of the facts on biological agents, relying primarily on the government for accurate information. The Plague Makers informs a nervous public about the realities of biological warfare. Barnaby acquaints the reader with the evolution of biological weapons in countries around the world, from primitive ancient technologies used by the Greeks to high-tech weaponry developed secretly by the United States government. Aum Shinrikyo's Tokyo subway attack and the emergence of the West Nile virus in New York are only two of the many recent incidences of terror addressed by the author. Barnaby also provides a comprehensive overview of the different types of chemicals used in chemical warfare, as well as analyses of their use around the world. Barnaby further discusses the international regulations aimed at controlling the development and production of biological weapons, as well as possible defense strategies against biological agents of destruction. In The Plague Makers, she has outlined a sobering history of biological warfare.
Titel: The Plague Makers: The Secret World of ...
Verlag: Vision Paperbacks
Zustand: As New
Buchbeschreibung New York : Continuum, 2000., New rev. ed. Paperback. 208 p. ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Condition : very good. ISBN 0826412580 [KEYWORDS: POLITICS. Artikel-Nr. 204154