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ISBN 10: 0091800854 / ISBN 13: 9780091800857
Published by Hutchinson, 1999
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Title: Biohazard

Publisher: Hutchinson

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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Ken Alibek began as a patriotic Soviet citizen, spending 17 years making biological weapons and eventually rises to number two in command. Then he defected to the USA. This book tells of tests, leaks, outbreaks, infections and contaminations - and the plan to attack US cities.


&quot;Harrowing . . . richly descriptive . . . [an] absorbing account.&quot;<b>--<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> &quot;Remarkable . . . terrifying revelations . . . [Ken Alibek's] overall message is ignored at great national peril.&quot;<b><i>--Newsday</i></b> <p></p> &quot;An important and fascinating look into a terrifying world of which we were blissfully unaware. While we all grew up with the anxiety of the threat of a nuclear winter, little did we know there was an equally horrific menace from biotechnology. Biohazard takes you behind the scenes of the Soviet Union's clandestine bioweapons program. Read and be amazed.&quot;<b>--Robin Cook, author of <i>Contagion</i></b> <p></p> &quot;As the top scientist in the Soviet biowarfare program and the inventor of the world's most powerful anthrax, Ken Alibek has stunned the highest levels of the U.S. government with his revelations. Now, in a calm, compelling, utterly convincing voice, he tells the world what he knows. Modern biology is producing weapons that in killing power may exceed the hydrogen bomb. Ken Alibek describes them with the intimate knowledge of a top weaponeer.&quot;<b>--Richard Preston, author of <i>The Hot Zone</i></b> <p></p> &quot;This is a gripping book. The hum of machines that kept deadly airborne germs away from the scientists and their families can be heard in the background. The technical details are vivid and terrible even as the human story unfolds. It was fascinating--and chilling--to peer inside this awesome war machine. I worked for a dozen years to develop defenses against a Soviet threat that was largely unknown. To see its full scope made me realize how overpowered we would have been if it had ever been used. Military casualties would have been incredible, but civilians would have suffered equally as contagious diseases raced through cities and towns. Some of the Soviet 'advances, ' such as inducing antibiotic resistance in classical pathogens like plague, would have changed the practice of medicine forever.&quot;<b>--C. J. Peters, author of <i>Virus Hunter</i>, former deputy commander of USAMRIID, now at the CDC</b>

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