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Chemical and biological warfare
Judson, Karen, 1941-
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Tarrytown, N.Y. : Benchmark Books, [2004]

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144 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
The poor man's atomic bomb -- The bioterror attacks of 2001 -- The major biological weapons and their effects -- The major chemical weapons and their effects -- History and uses of chemical and biological weapons -- Tests and accidents -- Protecting soldiers from chemical and biological weapons -- Control and disarmament -- Cheaters and remedies -- Protecting ourselves and the World.
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UG447.8 .J83 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In the field of social policy, some topics are so complicated that they will always be subject to debate. Since no clear right or wrong exists, they are consigned to the gray areas of ongoing dispute. Among such issues open for debate both across America and in this eye-opening series are capital punishment, genetic engineering, gun control, and global warming. Others involve terrorism and chemical and biological warfare, two outright evils, though with highly disputable solutions. Open for Debate explores the past, present, and future to shed light on complex, high-priority public policy. a lucid, readily accessible format offers the pros and cons of each issue with opinions from social policy experts. It features sidebars of fascinating facts and easy-to-understand diagrams of key statistics. Open for Debate introduces future public policy thinkers to both sides of twenty-first-century, life-and-death concerns.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Well-organized and informative studies that focus on history as well as on current developments. The first book describes the various types of chemical and biological warfare, their effects, and their appeal to terrorists and some governments. Judson makes it clear that these weapons are not a recent innovation, tracing their use from the Middle Ages through World War I to modern times. She describes the anthrax attacks of 2001 and discusses measures taken to protect from and prevent the uses of these arms. Perl similarly puts terrorism in context, relating the tactics of the Ku Klux Klan; the Irish Republican Army; Israelis and Palestinians; and the "New Left," such as the Symbionese Liberation Army and the Baader-Meinhof Gang. Hijackings; bombings; hostage taking; state-sponsored attacks; and homegrown terrorists, such as the Oklahoma City bomber, are included along with the expected passages on the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the USS Cole. Anti-terror measures, including the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, are also covered, but there is surprisingly nothing on the USA PATRIOT Act. Black-and-white and full-color photos enhance the generally readable, although sometimes graphic and occasionally repetitive, texts. Robert Taylor's The History of Terrorism (Lucent, 2002) is a comparable title, while Allan B. Cobb's Biological and Chemical Weapons (Rosen, 2000) is somewhat easier than Judson's book.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part I Man's Inhumanity to Man
1 The Poor Man's Atomic Bombp. 7
2 The Bioterror Attacks of 2001p. 23
3 The Major Biological Weapons and Their Effectsp. 37
4 The Major Chemical Weapons and Their Effectsp. 54
Part II An Old Scourge Made New
5 History and Uses of Chemical and Biological Weaponsp. 64
6 Tests and Accidentsp. 79
7 Protecting Soldiers from Chemical and Biological Weaponsp. 88
Part III Current Events and Policy Options
8 Control and Disarmamentp. 96
9 Cheaters and Remediesp. 112
10 Protecting Ourselves and the Worldp. 121
Notesp. 130
Further Informationp. 137
Bibliographyp. 139
Indexp. 140