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A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfareby Jeremy Paxman
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Interviews with experts and an examination of previously classified documents underlie a study of the history, technological development, and expanding strategic role of chemical and biological warfare, in an updated study that incorporates a new introduction and epilogue that brings the history up to the present day. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
About the Author
Robert Harris is the author of the bestselling novels Fatherland, Enigma, and Archangel, as well as a number of nonfiction books. He lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife and children.
Jeremy Paxman reporter for Britain in mid-1970s Northern Ireland before joining Panorama. Assignments have taken him from Beirut to Uganda to Zimbabwe. A Higher Form of Killing is his first book.
Table of 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.
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