The Eleventh Plague
A specialist in the subject, Cole (science and public policy, Rutgers U.) offers historical and contemporary examples to explain what biological and chemical weapons are, how they are developed and tested, and what their effects can be. Among them are the German introduction of mustard gas by Germany in 1917, Iraq's use of chemical weapons against Iran, and the chemical nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway in 1995.
"... should be read by anyone wanting to understand what may well be tomorrow's headlines."
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"... a valuable, highly readable analysis of an emerging global threat."
Elaine Sciolino, The New York Times
"Fascinating reading....a unique entree into the secretive world of chemical and biologic warfare."
The Journal of the American Medical Association
From the Publisher (W.H Freeman and Co., 1998):
The Eleventh Plague deals with a terrifying and compelling subject: biological and chemical warfare. Using historical and contemporary examples, Cole explains what biological and chemical weapons are, how they are developed and tested, and what their effects can be.
He vividly describes the very real threat that Iraq would use chemical weapons in the Gulf War--real enough that every man, woman, and child in Israel had to wear a gas mask. He also analyzes the possibility that the so-called Gulf War syndrome may have been due to biological or chemical weapons, a possibility that federal investigations have yet to confirm or disprove....
The Eleventh Plague arms us with a frightening knowledge. What do recent political and technical developments suggest for the future? And how will we fight this increasingly ominous, deadly plague?