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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. Biohazard 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 Ken Alibek. 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 . . . the startling story behind Russia’s attempt to turn a sample of the AIDS virus into the ultimate bioweapon. And in a chilling work of real-world intrigue, Biohazard offers us all a rare 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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“Harrowing . . . richly descriptive . . . [an] absorbing account.”The New York Times Book Review

 

“Remarkable . . . terrifying revelations . . . [Ken Alibek’s] overall message is ignored at great national peril.”—Newsday

 

“Read and be amazed. . . . An important and fascinating look into a terrifying world of which we were blissfully unaware.”—Robin Cook, author of Contagion

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For two decades, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers secretly cultivated biological weapons that cause anthrax, smallpox, and Ebola- related fevers. The author, a former leader of Russia's germ warfare effort, provides an insider's account of tests and leaks, lab accidents and deadly disasters, KGB threats, and assassinations. The author joined Biopreparat in 1975 and was deputy chief of the agency from 1988 to 1992. Since he defected to the US in 1992, he has briefed US military intelligence and is now working in biodefense.
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In this terrifying, fast-paced account of tests and leaks, lab accidents and deadly disasters, KGB threats and assassinations, the former head of the Soviet germ warfare program lifts the lid on the largest covert biological weapons program in the world, which has tons of deadly viruses ready to be released.

About the Author

Ken Alibek was born in Kauchuk, Kazakhstan, in 1950. He graduated in 1975 from the military faculty of the Tomsk Medical Institute, where he majored in infectious diseases and epidemiology. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology for research and development of plague and tularemia biological weapons and a doctorate of science in biotechnology for developing the technology to manufacture anthrax on an industrial scale. He joined Biopreparat in 1975 and was its first deputy chief from 1988 to 1992. Since his defection to the United States in 1992, he has briefed U.S. military intelligence on biological weapons. He is now working in biodefense.

Stephen Handelman is a columnist at Time. He was the Moscow bureau chief of The Toronto Star in the late eighties and early nineties and is the author of Comrade Criminal: Russia’s New Mafiya.

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poojajane, February 2, 2010 (view all comments by poojajane)
It very chilling experience to know what they tried to do it, with their knowledge about genetics. I'm chasing this title to read while 'Cobra Event' still going it on.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385334969
Subtitle:
The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from the Inside by the Man Who Ran It
With:
Handelman, Stephen
Author:
Alibek, Ken
Author:
Handelman, Stephen
Publisher:
Delta
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Military - Biological & Chemical Warfare
Subject:
Biological warfare
Subject:
Biological weapons
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Subject:
biological weapons;military history;cold war history;russian history;military memoir;germ warfare;science history
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
44
Publication Date:
20000411
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8-PP PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.16x6.06x.85 in. .85 lbs.

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