Chemical and Biological Warfare
|Publication Date: 11/2006|
|Format|| ||Price|| ||ISBN-13|
|Hardcover|| ||$55.00|| ||978-1-59884-027-8|
A Reference Handbook, Second Edition
A thorough handbook covering the facts, history, and controversies surrounding our most controversial and misunderstood unconventional weapons.
Short of a nuclear holocaust, no weapons are more frightening to us—or more sensationalized by the media—than chemical and biological weapons. But we can face these invisible killers and even overcome them, writes former army chemical officer Al Mauroni, if we stop moralizing and focus on understanding the facts.
Unlike most books on this topic, the expanded second edition of Mauroni’s popular reference handbook is neither sensationalistic nor moralistic. Instead, it offers readers a reasoned, thorough, and fact-based introduction to this highly charged issue.
Covering the period from World War I through the Iraq War, Chemical and Biological Warfare not only describes the development of key chemical and biological agents, such as anthrax, tularemia, brucellosis, VEE, Q fever, and botulinum toxin, it also assesses the threats we face, compares military CB warfare with terrorist incidents, explains effective defensive measures, and clarifies the responsibilities of the various federal agencies charged to address these issues. With extensive new material, this edition provides an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to this vitally important topic.
• Outstanding research aids include key Internet and published references and an index offering rapid access to entries on key figures, government agencies, and defensive equipment
• A chronology of chemical-biological warfare incidents from the mid-20th century onward offers a thorough historical overview
• Includes extensive new material emphasizing Iraq and the global war on terrorism
• Summarizes the key chemical and biological warfare agents in operational as well as technical contexts
• Includes a series of case studies that provide perspective on both military and political controversies
Al Mauroni is a defense consultant in the Washington, DC area. He has more than 20 years of experience in military chemical and biological defense issues, and is the author of five books, including the first edition of ABC-CLIO's Chemical and Biological Warfare.
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