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Chemical & biological weapons in our times
Levine, Herbert M.
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New York : Franklin Watts, [2000]

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127 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines the history and development of chemical and biological weapons and discusses their proliferation, association with terrorism, and efforts to control their use.
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Comprehensive, timely, and accessible, this study sheds light on the history, developments, and myriad of political and social issues surrounding these terrifying weapons. Who has them? Why? Who invented them? Can we control their use? A list of additional resources and involved organizations is included.

Author Notes

Herbert M. Levine is a political scientist and writer. After teaching political science at the University of Southwestern Louisiana for twenty years, he began a writing career

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Gr. 8^-12. The release of sarin into the Japanese subway is a memorable and horrifying event in recent history. This volume begins its exploration of the controversial topic of chemical and biological weapons by describing the steps leading up to this tragic event; the effects of sarin on a contaminated person; the steps taken to prevent further contamination; and finally an attempt to understand the motivation behind the attack. Subsequent chapters compare chemical and biological weapons, consider their ramifications and historical use, and explore steps being taken to minimize their impact. Moral and social implications are also explored, with examples ranging from smallpox-infested blankets used to infect Native Americans to the chemical weapons employed during the Gulf War. Black-and-white photos enhance the text, and care has been taken to ensure that they are not too graphic or offensive. This is a balanced exploration of the subject, combining science, history, and philosophical commentary to provide an interesting, informative look at a multifaceted issue. --Heather Hepler

Table of Contents

Introduction: Terror in the Subway: Attack with a Chemical Weaponp. 5
Chapter 1 Weapons of Horrorp. 13
Chapter 2 Guarding Against the Effects of Attackp. 34
Chapter 3 Past Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons: The Legacy of Nationsp. 42
Chapter 4 Proliferation: Why Do Nations Obtain Chemical and Biological Weapons?p. 60
Chapter 5 Terrorism: How Much of a Problem Is It?p. 70
Chapter 6 Attempts at Control: Practical Solutions?p. 85
Chapter 7 The Future: Hope or Despair?p. 109
Glossaryp. 112
For Further Referencep. 116
Sourcesp. 119
Indexp. 125