By William R. Clark
When you consider that September eleventh, the specter of a bioterrorist attack--massive, deadly, and unpreventable--has hung within the air over the USA. Bracing for Armageddon? bargains a vividly written primer for the overall reader, laying off mild at the technology at the back of capability bioterrorist assaults and revealing what may perhaps ensue, what's prone to occur, and what probably won't take place. the tale opens with a riveting account of a bioterrorism situation commissioned through the U.S. govt. utilizing this doomsday tableau as a springboard, Clark stories a bunch of bioterrorist threats (from agroterrorism to a poisoning of the water provide) and examines not just the worst-case threat of genetically engineered pathogens, but additionally the deadly brokers at the CDC's reliable bioterrorism checklist, together with Smallpox, Anthrax, Plague, Botulism, and Ebola. His review of tried bioterrorist assaults to date--such because the failed Aum Shinrikyo makes an attempt in 1995 in Japan and the Anthrax assault within the US following 9/11--bolstered via interviews with more than a few experts--shows why nearly all of those makes an attempt have failed. certainly, he demonstrates winning bioterrorism assault is tremendously not going, whereas a huge flu epidemic (such because the lethal epidemic of 1918 that killed thousands all over the world) is a digital simple task. Given the lengthy odds of a bioterrorist assault, Clark asks, has the greater than $40 billion the USA has devoted to the safety opposed to bioterrorism rather been good spent? Is it time to maneuver directly to different priorities? unlike the alarmist fears stoked through the preferred media, William Clark right here presents a reassuring evaluate of what we actually have to fear about--and what we do not.