Cover image for Plague wars : a true story of biological warfare
Plague wars : a true story of biological warfare
Mangold, Tom.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
xiii, 477 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
What if ...? -- 1999 -- Unit 731 -- Arms race -- The Soviet program -- CIA -- The treaty -- Cheating -- Incident at Sverdlovsk -- The juniper channel -- The defector -- Protests -- Inspection -- Gorbachev -- The Soviet visit -- Yelstin -- Trilateral agreement -- Alibekov -- A walk through Pokrov -- The Pfizer fiasco -- Postscript: Russia -- Rhodesia, 1978 -- Nothing personal -- Wouter Basson -- 'Gert' -- Truth and reconciliation -- Revelations -- Arrest -- Iraq -- The inspectors -- Rogue state -- Apocalypse delayed -- 'Walkers, floppers & goners' -- The future -- Geneva -- The BWC --Description of BW agents.
Subject Term:
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
UG447.8 .M3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



Anthrax. Plague. Smallpox. Ebola.These are the weapons of the future - microscopic organisms produced in laboratories and unleashed on unwitting populations to reproduce, spread, and kill. They are as deadly as atomic bombs, much cheaper to create, and much easier to distribute - inside a warhead on an intercontinental missile, in an aerosol can sprayed in a crowded building, or by a crop duster flying over a major city. Exposure occurs without warning. Infection from only a few minute particles can mean a ghastly and painful death. The kill rates are staggering.Modern biological warfare began during the 1930s, when the Japanese army conducted atrocious experiments on Chinese prisoners using lethal bacteria. During the Cold War, both the Soviet Union and the U.S. rushed to build biological-weapons programs. In 1972, the Biological Weapons Convention banned the development of bioweapons, supposedly ending the threat.But the threat was only beginning. Plague Wars tells the stories of the secret battles that are still being waged in many nations, stories filled with international espionage, deceptions, and treachery. Recently, defectors and covert sources from Third World governments such as Iraq have revealed active biological-weapons programs, despite international arms inspectors' attempts to eradicate them. A U.S. war game to prepare for a North Korean biological attack went so horribly wrong that the results are still classified. In South Africathe use of bioweapons represents one of the last untold secrets of the apartheid battles, while in Zimbabwe people are still dying of anthrax from the dirty wars of independence fought two decades ago. Fringe cults, apocalyptic madmen, and terrorist groups everywhere claim to own bioweapons and are threatening to use them. Major Western cities are busily planning defense against such an attack.The Plague Wars have begun. Are we prepared?Researched across four continents with exceptional access to many sources from the United Nations, U.S. Department of Defense, and various civilian and military intelligence agencies, and using previously classified government documents, Tom Mangold and Jeff Goldberg have written the definitive account of the state of biological warfare in the world today. Never before has the complete scope of these terrifying weapons been so thoroughly examined.A startling look into hidden facets of history, dark secrets of the present, and the anticipated horrors of a none-too-distant future, Plague Wars will make you reconsider your safety in a world where death is just a breath away.

Author Notes

Tom Mangold is a senior correspondent in London for BBC TV's Panorama . He has won prestigious awards in Great Britain and the U.S. for his television reporting, and has written two best-selling books The File on the Tsar and The Tunnels of Cu-Chi . Jeff Goldberg is an award-winning independent television producer and investigative journalist based in Washington, D.C. His work with Tom Mangold includes coauthorship of the highly acclaimed Cold Warrior , the biography of the CIA's James Jesus Angleton. He is also a coproducer of documentary programs for BBC TV, PBS, and the Discovery Channel.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
A note about sourcesp. xiii
1 What If ...?p. 1
2 1999p. 8
3 Unit 731p. 14
4 Arms Racep. 29
5 The Soviet Programmep. 41
6 Ciap. 48
7 The Treatyp. 53
8 Cheatingp. 62
9 Incident at Sverdlovskp. 66
10 The Juniper Channelp. 83
11 The Defectorp. 91
12 Protestsp. 106
13 Inspectionp. 118
14 Gorbachevp. 141
15 The Soviet Visitp. 144
16 Yeltsinp. 158
17 Trilateral Agreementp. 170
18 Alibekovp. 177
19 A Walk Through Pokrovp. 196
20 The Pfizer Fiascop. 200
21 Postscript: Russiap. 209
22 Rhodesia, 1978p. 214
23 Nothing Personalp. 224
24 Wouter Bassonp. 234
25 'Gert'p. 246
26 Truth and Reconciliationp. 255
27 Revelationsp. 266
28 Arrestp. 276
29 Iraqp. 283
30 The Inspectorsp. 297
31 Rogue Statep. 322
32 Apocalypse Delayedp. 335
33 'Walkers, Floppers and Goners'p. 352
34 The Futurep. 372
35 Genevap. 377
Appendix 1 The BWCp. 379
Appendix 2 Description of BW Agentsp. 381
Notesp. 389
Bibliographyp. 463
Indexp. 469
Acknowledgementsp. 476