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A Higher Form of Killing

A Higher Form of Killing

Author: Robert Harris

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 9780812966534

Category: History

Page: 301

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Interviews with experts and an examination of previously classified documents underlie a study of the history, technological development, and expanding strategic role of chemical and biological warfare, in an updated study that incorporates a new introduction and epilogue that brings the history up to the present day. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

A Higher Form of Killing

A Higher Form of Killing

Author: Jeremy Paxman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409021926

Category: History

Page: 405

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The secret story of chemical and biological warfare. A Higher Form of Killing was first published to great acclaim in 1982. The authors have written a new Introduction and a new Epilogue to take account of the events that have happened since the early 1980s - including the break-up of the former Soviet Union and the black market that appeared in chemical and biological weapons, the acquisition of these weapons by various Third World states, the attempts of various countries like Iraq to build up arsenals of these weapons and, most recently, the use of these weapons in terrorist attacks. As the authors point out, the two generations since the Second World War lived with the threat of nuclear annihilation. Now a new generation must learn to live with weapons that are more insidious and potentially more devastating.

A Higher Form of Killing

A Higher Form of Killing

Author: Diana Preston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781620402139

Category: History

Page: 352

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In six weeks during April and May 1915, as World War I escalated, Germany forever altered the way war would be fought. On April 22, at Ypres, German canisters spewed poison gas at French and Canadian soldiers in their trenches; on May 7, the German submarine U-20, without warning, torpedoed the passenger liner Lusitania, killing 1,198 civilians; and on May 31, a German Zeppelin began the first aerial bombardment of London and its inhabitants. Each of these actions violated rules of war carefully agreed at the Hague Conventions of 1898 and 1907. Though Germany's attempts to quickly win the war failed, the psychological damage caused by these attacks far outweighed the casualties. The era of weapons of mass destruction had dawned. While each of these momentous events has been chronicled in histories of the war, celebrated historian Diana Preston links them for the first time, revealing the dramatic stories behind each through the eyes of those who were there, whether making the decisions or experiencing their effect. She places the attacks in the context of the centuries-old debate over what constitutes “just war,” and shows how, in their aftermath, the other combatants felt the necessity to develop extreme weapons of their own. In our current time of terror, when weapons of mass destruction-imagined or real-are once again vilified, the story of their birth is of great relevance.

POLICE ANALYSIS AND PLANNING FOR CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL ATTACKS

POLICE ANALYSIS AND PLANNING FOR CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL ATTACKS

Author: John W. Ellis

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 9780398083403

Category: Biological weapons

Page: 238

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This text is oriented toward planning police operations in the public sector, but will be usable by other public officials as well as some private sector police operations. It addresses police threat assessment of, vulnerability assessment to, defense against and response to attacks by special weapons of mass destruction in a civilian setting. These include chemical, biological and radiological attacks. It begins with a review of the policy and legal issues pertaining to special weapons and of the pertinent counter-terrorist response considerations discussed in the author's other book, POLICE ANALYSIS AND PLANNING FOR VEHICULAR BOMBINGS. It continues with assessment of the various types of special weapons of mass destruction and the terrorist's ability to make and use them, a historical review of significant incidents for each of the major subcategories of weapons, the limitations of police response operations in the United States, and defense response to this form of attack. It concludes with commentary on actions that may be needed if this threat continues to develop in the United States. Hopefully, this text will be of benefit to those officers and officials that have never had to confront this type of problem, and will help build the skill and psychological preparation for battle that prevents the attack and enables effective response.

War Made New

War Made New

Author: Max Boot

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101216835

Category: History

Page: 640

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A monumental, groundbreaking work, now in paperback, that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, War Made New focuses on four "revolutions" in military affairs and describes how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air strikes have remade the field of battle—and shaped the rise and fall of empires. War Made New begins with the Gunpowder Revolution and explains warfare's evolution from ritualistic, drawn-out engagements to much deadlier events, precipitating the rise of the modern nation-state. He next explores the triumph of steel and steam during the Industrial Revolution, showing how it powered the spread of European colonial empires. Moving into the twentieth century and the Second Industrial Revolution, Boot examines three critical clashes of World War II to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms of warfare and the rise of centralized, and even totalitarian, world powers. Finally, Boot focuses on the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq War—arguing that even as cutting-edge technologies have made America the greatest military power in world history, advanced communications systems have allowed decentralized, "irregular" forces to become an increasingly significant threat.

The Sensitives

The Sensitives

Author: Oliver Broudy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982128524

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Over fifty million Americans endure a mysterious environmental illness that renders them allergic to chemicals. Innocuous staples from deodorant to garbage bags wreak havoc on sensitives. No one is born with EI; it often starts with a single toxic exposure. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, brain fog, muscle aches, inability to tolerate certain foods. Broudy investigates this disease, and delves into the intricate, ardent subculture that surrounds it--Adapted from jacket

The Highest Form of Killing

The Highest Form of Killing

Author: Malcolm Rose

Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books

ISBN: 0152342702

Category: Chemical agents (Munitions)

Page: 252

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Three people discover that the Ministry of Defense is researching chemical warfare and that a vial of deadly T42 has made it through security and into the town of Crookland Bay.

Toxic Exposures

Toxic Exposures

Author: Susan L. Smith

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813586113

Category: History

Page: 200

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Mustard gas is typically associated with the horrors of World War I battlefields and trenches, where chemical weapons were responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. Few realize, however, that mustard gas had a resurgence during the Second World War, when its uses and effects were widespread and insidious. Toxic Exposures tells the shocking story of how the United States and its allies intentionally subjected thousands of their own servicemen to poison gas as part of their preparation for chemical warfare. In addition, it reveals the racialized dimension of these mustard gas experiments, as scientists tested whether the effects of toxic exposure might vary between Asian, Hispanic, black, and white Americans. Drawing from once-classified American and Canadian government records, military reports, scientists’ papers, and veterans’ testimony, historian Susan L. Smith explores not only the human cost of this research, but also the environmental degradation caused by ocean dumping of unwanted mustard gas. As she assesses the poisonous legacy of these chemical warfare experiments, Smith also considers their surprising impact on the origins of chemotherapy as cancer treatment and the development of veterans’ rights movements. Toxic Exposures thus traces the scars left when the interests of national security and scientific curiosity battled with medical ethics and human rights.

The Perversion Of Knowledge

The Perversion Of Knowledge

Author: Dr. Vadim J. Birstein

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786751860

Category: Science

Page: 512

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During the Soviet years, Russian science was touted as one of the greatest successes of the regime. Russian science was considered to be equal, if not superior, to that of the wealthy western nations. The Perversion of Knowledge, a history of Soviet science that focuses on its control by the KGB and the Communist Party, reveals the dark side of this glittering achievement. Based on the author's firsthand experience as a Soviet scientist, and drawing on extensive Russian language sources not easily available to the Western reader, the book includes shocking new information on biomedical experimentation on humans as well as an examination of the pernicious effects of Trofim Lysenko's pseudo-biology. Also included are many poignant case histories of those who collaborated and those who managed to resist, focusing on the moral choices and consequences. The text is accompanied by the author's own translations of key archival materials, making this work an essential resource for all those with a serious interest in Russian history.

Fatal Airs

Fatal Airs

Author: Scott Christianson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313385520

Category: Medical

Page: 221

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This is the first book to examine the deadly history and potential apocalyptic future of both natural and man-made lethal gases that threaten our world. * Offers an annotated list of resource organizations for concerned citizens and activists * Includes a chronology and a glossary