Gr 6-10-The threat of nuclear warfare has terrified humans for the past 50 years. Yet two other types of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), biological and chemical, have been in use much longer and are more easily produced. Gay discusses the agents, some of their effects, general means of production and dispersal, and some incidents of their uses in history. Much of the information comes directly from experts in the fields of terrorism and biological and chemical warfare. International agreements and treaties such as 1996's Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 1997's Chemical Weapons Convention, and the 1975 Biological Weapons Convention give some hope for the restriction of official uses of these agents. However, the author makes it evident that terrorist groups and small nations are now more likely to create and actually use them than ever before. Although this information is alarming, the presentation is not alarmist; the measures that can be taken by even local law-enforcement groups to prevent and control biological- and chemical-agent attacks are somewhat reassuring. Silent Death also discusses the next possibly serious WMD, disruption and destruction of electronic communications. A generous list of reliable Web sites and a chart describing biological agents and toxins, their time of onset, effects, and treatments are appended. A list of more than 20 foreign terrorist organizations from the U.S. Department of State's Office of Counterterrorism, released in 1999, describes each group's structure, strengths, areas of operation, activities, and aid received.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY
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Gr. 6-12. Sometimes the content of a book is so staggering that the author need only present information in a straightforward manner to rouse the reader. Veteran nonfiction writer Gay does just that here. In a series of startling facts supported by quotations from world leaders, she offers a frightening, yet never histrionic explanation of the damage resulting from biological and chemical warfare and the potential threat lurking in Earth's future. Citing examples of military and civilian persons exposed to chemical-biological agents, primarily from World War I to the Persian Gulf War, Gay argues for the need to understand and curtail the use of agents that often cannot be detected until the damage is done. The picture isn't entirely dark: she also explains how today's world powers are working to reverse the trend of developing and deploying such weapons, though in the background are reminders that some Middle Eastern countries have rejected curtailment and are stockpiling chemical combinations. Relevant, engrossing. Roger Leslie
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Book Description 21st Century, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110761314016
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