The Science and Politics of the Bioterrorist Threat in America: The Science and Politics of Bioterrorism in America by William R Clark

The Science and Politics of the Bioterrorist Threat in America: The Science and Politics of…

byWilliam R Clark

Hardcover | June 1, 2008

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Since September 11th, the threat of a bioterrorist attack--massive, lethal, and unpreventable--has hung in the air over America. Bracing for Armageddon? offers a vividly written primer for the general reader, shedding light on the science behind potential bioterrorist attacks and revealingwhat could happen, what is likely to happen, and what almost certainly will not happen. The story opens with a riveting account of a bioterrorism scenario commissioned by the U.S. government. Using this doomsday tableau as a springboard, Clark reviews a host of bioterrorist threats (from agroterrorism to a poisoning of the water supply) and examines not only the worst-casemenace of genetically engineered pathogens, but also the lethal agents on the CDC's official bioterrorism list, including Smallpox, Anthrax, Plague, Botulism, and Ebola. His overview of attempted bioterrorist attacks to date--such as the failed Aum Shinrikyo attempts in 1995 in Japan and the Anthraxattack in the US following 9/11--bolstered by interviews with a range of experts--shows why virtually all of these attempts have failed. Indeed, he demonstrates that a successful bioterrorism attack is exceedingly unlikely, while a major flu epidemic (such as the deadly epidemic of 1918 that killedmillions worldwide) is a virtual certainty. Given the long odds of a bioterrorist attack, Clark asks, has the more than $40 billion the United States has dedicated to the defense against bioterrorism really been well spent? Is it time to move on to other priorities? In contrast to the alarmist fears stoked by the popular media, William Clark here provides a reassuring overview of what we really need to worry about--and what we don't.

About The Author

William R. Clark is Professor and Chair Emeritus of Immunology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an internationally recognized authority on the killer T lymphocytes involved in organ transplant rejection and in viral immunity. He has written extensively on topics in science and medicine for the general public.

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Title:The Science and Politics of the Bioterrorist Threat in America: The Science and Politics of…Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 5.59 × 8.31 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1. Tales of a Dark Winter: A Play in Three ActsChapter 2. Bioterrorism in AmericaChapter 3. Agents of TerrorChapter 4. Genetically Modified PathogensChapter 5. The Ultimate Bioterrorist - Mother Nature!Chapter 6. The Very Food on Your Plate (And the Water in Your Glass)Chapter 7. America RespondsChapter 8. Political, Legal, and Social Issues in a National Health EmergencyChapter 9. The Politics of Bioterrorism in AmericaChapter 10. Assessing the ThreatNotesGlossaryIndex

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"Bracing for Armageddon provides a skillfully written and highly accessible overview of bioterrorism. While some bits of information may be challenging for the non-scientist, Clark's well-organized book includes extensive and helpful endnotes, an index, and a glossary. This is a valuable reference for an informed citizenry." -- Calforina Literary Review