Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Judith Miller

Narrated By: Murphy Guyer

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2001

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

Deadly germs sprayed in shopping malls, bomblets spewing anthrax sporesover battlefields, tiny vials of plague scattered in Times Square -- these are the poor man's hydrogen bombs, hideous weapons of mass destruction that can be made in a simple laboratory.
Germs uncovers the truth about biological weapons and shows why bio-warfare and bio-terrorism are fast becoming our worst national nightmare. Based on hundreds of interviews with scientists and senior officials -- including President Clinton and defectors from the former Soviet Union's sinister bio weapons labs -- as well as recently declassified documents, Germs shows is bioo-warriors past and present at work at their trade. A frightening and unforgetable narrative of cutting-edge science and spycraft, Germs shows us why advances in biology and the spread of germ weapons expertise to such countries as Iran, Iraq, and North Korea could make germs the weapon of the twenty-first century.

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  • Andy

    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.

  • 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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • 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.

Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

by Judith Miller

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Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War, Judith Miller