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Biohazard : the chilling true story of the largest covert biological weapons program in the world, told from the inside by the man who ran it

Author: Ken Alibek; Stephen Handelman
Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., [2000]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Anthrax. Smallpox. Incurable and horrifying Ebola-related fevers. For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing field: a bleak tract sown with powerful seeds of mass destruction by doctors who had committed themselves to creating a biological Armageddon. This book is the never-before-told story of Russia's darkest, deadliest,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Alibek; Stephen Handelman
ISBN: 0385334966 9780385334969
OCLC Number: 43962331
Notes: Includes index.
"A Delta book."
Description: xi, 319 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Map : Soviet biological warfare installations --
Military medicine. 1. Arm headquarters --
2. Rebirth Island --
3. Military medicine --
4. The enzyme project --
Biohazard. 5. Lab work --
6. Building 107 --
7. Accident at Sverdlovsk --
8. Progress --
9. Smallpox --
10. Vector --
Secrets and lies. 11. The Institute of Ultra-Pure Biopreparations --
12. Bonfire --
13. The first main directorate --
14. Inside the Kremlin --
15. Visitors --
16. Three days --
Fortress America. 17. Fort Detrick --
18. Communist prospekt --
19. Debriefing --
20. Buyers and sellers --
21. Biodefense --
Appendix 1. Chart of Soviet biological warfare system --
Appendix 2. Soviet biological warfare system --
Acknowledgements --
Index.
Responsibility: Ken Alibek with Stephen Handelman.

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Anthrax. Smallpox. Incurable and horrifying Ebola-related fevers. For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing field: a bleak tract sown with powerful seeds of mass destruction by doctors who had committed themselves to creating a biological Armageddon. This book is the never-before-told story of Russia's darkest, deadliest, and most closely guarded Cold War secret. No one knows more about Russia's astounding experiments with biowarfare than the author. Now the mastermind behind Russia's germ warfare effort reveals two decades of shocking breakthroughs, how Moscow's leading scientists actually reengineered hazardous microbes to make them even more virulent, the secrets behind the discovery of an invisible, untraceable new class of biological agents just right for use in political assassinations and the startling story behind Russia's attempt to turn a sample of the AIDS virus into the ultimate bioweapon. This book offers us glimpse into a shadowy scientific underworld where doctors manufacture mass destruction, where witnesses to errors are silenced forever, and where ground zero is closer than we ever dared believe.

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