Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

Written by:
Judith Miller
Narrated by:
Murphy Guyer

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2001
6 hours 30 minutes
In this “engrossing, well-documented, and highly readable” (San Francisco Chronicle) New York Times bestseller, three veteran reporters draw on top sources inside and outside the U.S. government to reveal Washington's secret strategies for combating germ warfare and the deadly threat of biological and chemical weapons.

Today Americans have begun to grapple with two difficult truths: that there is no terrorist threat more horrifying—and less understood—than germ warfare, and that it would take very little to mount a devastating attack on American soil.

Featuring an inside look at how germ warfare has been waged throughout history and what form its future might take (and in whose hands), Germs reads like a gripping detective story told by fascinating key figures: American and Soviet medical specialists who once made germ weapons but now fight their spread, FBI agents who track Islamic radicals, the Iraqis who built Saddam Hussein's secret arsenal, spies who travel the world collecting lethal microbes, and scientists who see ominous developments on the horizon.

With clear scientific explanations and harrowing insights, Germs is a vivid, masterfully written—and timely—work of investigative journalism.
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Why is it abridged? I want an unabridged audiobook!!!!

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Having been a NBC officer in the active army during the first 4 Clinton years 92-96 it put in perspective what the Army generals went through in deciding policy as the revalations of what Sadam had done in just a few years during the first gulf war and what he could have used. With that reality it is no wonder that we invaded him a second time to remove that capability. Required reading for all military officers especially those in the chemical or medical corps. Very good history lesson without getting too into the dates, but the dates mean everything when putting together all of the pieces of the Iraq conflict.

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Mandi Chestler

Every since I listened to Germs, I just can't stop washing my hands. And I envy those living in China, where wearing a surgical mask in public is actually socially acceptable. Seriously, this book will give you the creeps when your awake, and when asleep nightmares for years to come. It makes me long for the 60's, when home-made atom bomb shelters provided at least a shred of false hope.

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The author begins with a very telling story, one that I somewhat remember however it didn't give me much pause at the time. It is a great example how extremists can fairly easily influence their surroundings. The story about the Soviet's pursuit of germ weapons underscores how dangerous a country like Iran can be as well as provide examples of what Afghanistand and Iraq could have been without intervention.

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Ralph M

The initial story in this book - about a biological attack by a cult on a small Seattle town was extremely fascinating. It was also something that I was completely unaware had ever happened. Unfortunately, that was the extent of the new information. I thought this book would talk about what the American government was up to as far as biological weapons were concerned. However, it was more about what the authors thought potential enemies were up to. This amounted to what we hear repeatedly on the evening news. Nothing new, just the same old fear mongering. I gave it two stars because I did enjoy some of the technical information and background they spoke about. In addition, I think the authors are really trying their best to present a balanced view on just how possible a 'biological' threat really is. What disappointed me was just that, with few exceptions, I've heard this all before.

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