By William R. Clark
When you consider that September eleventh, the specter of a bioterrorist attack--massive, deadly, and unpreventable--has hung within the air over the USA. Bracing for Armageddon? deals a vividly written primer for the final reader, laying off gentle at the technology in the back of power bioterrorist assaults and revealing what might ensue, what's prone to take place, and what probably won't take place. the tale opens with a riveting account of a bioterrorism state of affairs commissioned via the U.S. executive. utilizing this doomsday tableau as a springboard, Clark studies a number of bioterrorist threats (from agroterrorism to a poisoning of the water provide) and examines not just the worst-case risk of genetically engineered pathogens, but additionally the deadly brokers at the CDC's authentic bioterrorism checklist, together with Smallpox, Anthrax, Plague, Botulism, and Ebola. His evaluate of tried bioterrorist assaults to date--such because the failed Aum Shinrikyo makes an attempt in 1995 in Japan and the Anthrax assault within the US following 9/11--bolstered via interviews with various experts--shows why almost all of those makes an attempt have failed. certainly, he demonstrates winning bioterrorism assault is incredibly not likely, whereas an immense flu epidemic (such because the lethal epidemic of 1918 that killed hundreds of thousands all over the world) is a digital simple task. Given the lengthy odds of a bioterrorist assault, Clark asks, has the greater than $40 billion the USA has devoted to the safeguard opposed to bioterrorism rather been good spent? Is it time to maneuver directly to different priorities? not like the alarmist fears stoked by way of the preferred media, William Clark right here presents a reassuring review of what we actually have to fear about--and what we do not.
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Bracing for Armageddon?: The Science and Politics of Bioterrorism in America by William R. Clark