American Anthrax by Jeanne Guillemin
Fear, Crime, and the Investigation of the Nation's Deadliest Bioterror Attack

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From Jeanne Guillemin, one of the world's leading experts on anthrax and bioterrorism, the definitive account of the anthrax investigation

It was the most complex case in FBI history. In what became a seven-year investigation that began shortly after 9/11—with America reeling from the terror attacks of al Qaeda—virulent anthrax spores sent through the mail killed Bob Stevens, a Florida tabloid photo editor. His death and, days later, the discovery in New York and Washington, D.C. of letters filled with anthrax sent shock waves through the nation. Federal agencies were blindsided by the attacks, which eventually killed five people. Taken off guard, the FBI struggled to combine on-the-ground criminal investigation with progress in advanced bioforensic analyses of the letters' contents.

While the criminal eluded justice, disinformation swirled around the letters, erroneously linking them to Iraq's WMD threat and foreign bioterrorism. Without oversight, billions were lavished on biomedical defenses against anthrax and other exotic diseases. Worst of all, faith in federal justice faltered.

American Anthrax is a gripping tale of terror, intrigue, madness, and cover-up.


 

About Jeanne Guillemin

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Jeanne Guillemin is a senior fellow in the Security Studies Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Center for International Studies. She is the author of Anthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak and Biological Weapons: From the Invention of State-Sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Times Books. 337 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, War, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A biosecurity expert revisits the insidious 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five and traumatized the nation.

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Guillemin, a senior fellow in the Security Studies Program at MIT and the author of two earlier studies on bioterror (Anthrax;

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Among the anthrax samples collected from different labs, only one matched the "fingerprints" of the killer anthrax in the letters.

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Among the anthrax samples collected from different labs, only one matched the "fingerprints" of the killer anthrax in the letters.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Guillemin explains the lab procedures that ruled out al Qaeda, located the mailbox in Princeton, N.J., where the letters were mailed, and isolated the Ames strain of anthrax to a single lab.

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In what became a seven-year investigation that began shortly after 9/11—with America reeling from the terror attacks of al Qaeda—virulent anthrax spores sent through the mail killed Bob Stevens, a Florida tabloid photo editor.

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