Germs by Judith Miller
Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

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In the wake of the anthrax letters following the attacks on the World Trade Center, Americans have begun to grapple with two difficult truths: that there is no terrorist threat more horrifying -- and less understood -- than germ warfare, and that it would take very little to mount a devastating attack on American soil. In Germs, three veteran reporters draw on top sources inside and outside the U.S. government to lay bare Washington's secret strategies for combating this deadly threat.

Featuring an inside look at how germ warfare has been waged throughout history and what form its future might take (and in whose hands), Germs reads like a gripping detective story told by fascinating key figures: American and Soviet medical specialists who once made germ weapons but now fight their spread, FBI agents who track Islamic radicals, the Iraqis who built Saddam Hussein's secret arsenal, spies who travel the world collecting lethal microbes, and scientists who see ominous developments on the horizon. With clear scientific explanations and harrowing insights, Germs is a masterfully written -- and timely -- work of investigative journalism.
 

About Judith Miller

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Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her husband make their home in Topeka, Kansas.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 418 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Soviet Union comes off far the worse: after signing the 1972 treaty prohibiting the development, production or stockpiling of biological weapons, Soviet germ-warfare scientists produced pathogens by the ton and to engineer a variety of new doomsday organisms.

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The Guardian

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Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg and William Broad 352pp, Simon & Schuster, £10 War has always been a great stimulus to technological development.

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Publishers Weekly

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Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War by Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg and William J.

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Methodically researched and cogently argued by three New York Times reporters (one of whom received an anthrax-tainted letter recently), this survey of the modern history of biological weapons is a worthy, albeit frightening, exercise in investigative journalism.

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Entertainment Weekly

''We remain woefully unprepared for a calamity that would be unlike any this country has ever experienced.'' That's the last line of Germs, and by the time you get there, the point has been chillingly made by a trio of New York Times journalists.

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Smithsonian

When Judith Miller reached for her mail on October 12, her attention was focused on a financial story, not germ warfare, a subject she had spent years investigating as a reporter for the New York Times.

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