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A higher form of killing : the secret history of chemical and biological warfare

Author: Robert Harris; Jeremy Paxman
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002.
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The book begins with the first devastating battlefield use of lethal gas in World War I, and then investigates the stockpiling of biological weapons during World War II and in the decades afterward as well as the inhuman experiments conducted to test their effectiveness. This updated edition includes a new Introduction and a new final chapter exposing frightening developments in recent years, including the black  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Harris; Jeremy Paxman
ISBN: 0812966538 9780812966534
OCLC Number: 49356080
Notes: Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 1982.
Description: 301 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. Frightfulness --
2. The serpent and the flower --
3. Hitler's secret weapon --
4. A plague on your children --
5. The war that never was --
6. New enemies --
7. The search for the patriotic germ --
8. The rise and rise of chemical weapons --
9. The tools of spies --
10. From disarmament to rearmament --
11. Full circle --
Notes --
Permissions acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Robert Harris and Jeremy Paxman.
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The book begins with the first devastating battlefield use of lethal gas in World War I, and then investigates the stockpiling of biological weapons during World War II and in the decades afterward as well as the inhuman experiments conducted to test their effectiveness. This updated edition includes a new Introduction and a new final chapter exposing frightening developments in recent years, including the black market that emerged in chemical and biological weapons following the breakup of the Soviet Union, the acquisition of these weapons by various Third World states, the attempts of countries such as Iraq to build up arsenals, and the use of these weapons in terrorist attacks.

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