*Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War *
18 September 2009
Book Review: Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War
By: Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, William Broad
Now this is a real page turner! Itís hard to imagine anyone reading this book without realizing the need to take biohazard precautions. For preppers it will both reinforce our philosophy and motivate us to keep at it. The three authors are experienced reporters and each has won the Pulitzer Prize. They root out knowledgeable sources in and out of the U.S. government to flesh out this documentation of U.S. plans for bio-defence.
These days it seems that few truly take the threat of bio-terrorism seriously. The authors offer detailed recollections of historical events to show just how serious the threat is. They walk the reader through real-world uses of bio-terror. They take the reader inside the biowar program of the former USSR to make the case that yes, we do need to worry about this. The Soviets took germ warfare to another dimension, producing scarily potent agents in mind-blowing quantities. The scope of the Soviet program alone is sobering enough, but then you realize that the people who worked on it are, for the most part, still out there.
The writing style makes the book hard to put down, easy to follow, and chillingly thought provoking. The authors use clear but accurate language to make sense of the science, while providing terrifying insights guaranteed to make you ask yourself, ďAm I really prepared to face bio-terror?Ē
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