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Biohazard Ken Alibek

Biohazard

Ken Alibek

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ISBN : 9780091800857
Hardcover
340 pages
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In this fast-paced memoir, Ken Alibek combines cutting-edge science with the narrative techniques of a thriller to describe some of the most awful weapons imaginable. The result will remind readers of The Hot Zone, Richard Prestons smart bestsellerMoreIn this fast-paced memoir, Ken Alibek combines cutting-edge science with the narrative techniques of a thriller to describe some of the most awful weapons imaginable. The result will remind readers of The Hot Zone, Richard Prestons smart bestseller about the Ebola virus. That book focuses on the dangers of a freak accident- Biohazard shows how disease can become a deliberate tool of war. Alibek, once a top scientist in the Soviet Unions biological weapons program, describes putting anthrax on a warhead and targeting a city on the other side of the world. A hundred kilograms of anthrax spores would, in optimal atmospheric conditions, kill up to three million people in any of the densely populated metropolitan areas of the United States, he writes. A single SS-18 [missile] could wipe out the population of a city as large as New York. Chilling passages like these, plus discussions of proliferation and terrorism, make Biohazard a harrowing book, but it also has a human side. Alibek, describes the routine danger of his work: A bioweapons lab leaves its mark on a person forever. An unending stream of vaccinations has destroyed his sense of smell, afflicted him with allergies, made it impossible to eat certain kinds of food, and weakened my resistance to disease and probably shortened my life. But it didnt take away his ability to tell an astonishing story. --John J. Miller