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War of Nerves Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda

ISBN-10: 1400032334
ISBN-13: 9781400032334
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jonathan Tucker
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Description: In this important and revelatory book, Jonathan Tucker, a leading expert on chemical and biological weapons, chronicles the lethal history of chemical warfare from World War I to the present. At the turn of the twentieth century, the rise of  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

In this important and revelatory book, Jonathan Tucker, a leading expert on chemical and biological weapons, chronicles the lethal history of chemical warfare from World War I to the present. At the turn of the twentieth century, the rise of synthetic chemistry made the large-scale use of toxic chemicals on the battlefield both feasible and cheap. Tucker explores the long debate over the military utility and morality of chemical warfare, from the first chlorine gas attack at Ypres in 1915 to Hitler’s reluctance to use nerve agents (he believed, incorrectly, that the U.S. could retaliate in kind) to Saddam Hussein’s gassing of his own people, and concludes with the emergent threat of chemical terrorism. Moving beyond history to the twenty-first century,War of Nervesmakes clear that we are at a crossroads that could lead either to the further spread of these weapons or to their ultimate abolition.

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Prologue: Live-Agent Training
The Chemistry of War
IG Farben
Perverted Science
Twilight of the Gods
Fight for the Spoils
Research and Development
Building the Stockpile
Chemical Arms Race
Agent Venomous
Yemen and After
Incident at Skull Valley
New Fears
Binary Debate
Silent Spread
Peace and War
Whistle-Blower
The Tokyo Subway
The Emerging Threat
Epilogue: Toward Abolition
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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