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eBook The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare ePub

by Leonard A. Cole

  • ISBN: 0716733013
  • Category: Military
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Leonard A. Cole
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman (April 15, 1998)
  • Pages: 304
  • ePub book: 1938 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1196 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 743

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Leonard A. Cole (born 1933), an American dentist, political . The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare (1997).

Leonard A. Cole (born 1933), an American dentist, political scientist and expert on bioterrorism and terror medicine. He is adjunct professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey and of emergency medicine at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. His book The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story was named an Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Other recent books include Terror: How Israel Has Coped and What America Can Learn (2007) and Local Planning for Terror and Disaster: From Bioterrorism to Earthquakes (2012).

Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-272) and index.

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The Eleventh Plague deals with a terrifying and compelling subject: biological and chemical warfare. We should all be grateful to Leonard cole for uncovering the important truths about biological and chemical weapons. -Richard Preston, author of The Cobra Event and The Hot Zone. Using historical and contemporary examples. The Eleventh Plauge is a significant contribution to the all-too-sparse literature on an issue that grows more crutial with every passing day. It should be read by anyone wanting to understand what may well be tomorrow's headlines. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan, United States Senator.

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The Eleventh Plague describes what biological and chemical. In The Eleventh Plague, Leonard Cole has managed, without hysteria or banal melodrama, to write of the frightening dangers that humankind face in this post cold war er. he Eleventh Plague is a brilliantly crafted book devoid of the scientific gibberish one comes to associate with such works. I would strongly recommend The Eleventh Plague to any thoughtful reader who wishes to gain special insights into the nature of the biological and chemical weapon development that currently exists on our planet.

The eleventh plague : the politics of biological and chemical warfare. A more insidious enemy: exposing the dangerous lies and misinformation concerning chemical and biological weapons. Europa University Press, 2003. 284 p. Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-272) and index. Cordesman, Anthony H. Terrorism, asymmetric warfare, and weapons of mass destruction: defending the . 293 p. 281-286) and index.

Bibliographic Citation. Politics and the Life Sciences 1997 September; 16(2): 317-318. Cole, Leonard A. (1997). Related Items in Google Scholar.

Leonard Aaron Cole, American political scientist, bioterrorism expert. The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare (This book is a scientific and political primer on a grim. Recipient Ben-Gurion award State of Israel Bonds, 1981, citation for academy and community leadership New Jersey Senate, 1988; fellow National Endowment of the Humanities, 1981; Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, 1996. The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story by Leonard A. Cole (2003-10-01). Local Planning for Terror and Disaster: From Bioterrorism to Earthquakes by Leonard A. Cole (2012-10-09).

The Anthrax Letters: A Bioterrorism Expert Investigates the Attack That Schocked America. Leonard Cole's The Anthrax Letters: A Bioterrorism Expert Investigates the Attack That Schocked America (2009) continues his series of analyses and investigations into bioterrorism and the events and threats of recent decades. His other books include Terror: How Israel Has Coped and What America Can Learn, The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare, and Element of Risk: The Politics of Radon. Back to Law, Politics, and Public Affairs.

The Eleventh Plague deals with a terrifying and compelling subject: biological and chemical warfare. Using historical and contemporary examples, Cole explains what biological and chemical weapons are, how they are developed and tested, and what their effects can be. He vividly describes the very real threat that Iraq would use chemical weapons in the Gulf War - real enough that every man, woman, and child in Israel had to wear a gas mask. He also analyzes the possibility that the so-called Gulf War syndrome may have been due to biological or chemical weapons, a possibility that federal investigations have yet to confirm or disprove. Cole lucidly describes the wide range of possible responses to the threat of biological or chemical warfare. But every expert admits that absolute protection may be impossible. Materials can be easy to get, even easier to transport, and virtually impossible to trace. The Eleventh Plague arms us with a frightening knowledge. What do recent political and technical developments suggest for the future? And how will we fight this increasingly ominous, deadly plague?

Comments

Anyshoun Anyshoun
good read
Thorgaginn Thorgaginn
The Eleventh Plague is a great introduction to biological and chemical warfare. It is written in nontechnical language for the average layman.
The book gives a thorough overview of the history world as well as of the U.S. biological and chemical warfare program, and the politics of US leaders in the 1991 Gulf War. Cole discusses the importance of international agreements that ban chemical/ biological weapons, but he masterfully illustrates that treaties alone are not enough.
Altogether, The Eleventh Plague is a compelling book. I recommend it to anyone interested in chem/biological weapons history and policy. A great read!
Llallayue Llallayue
I am as activist in this area as I can be. This sort of book doesn't help.
There are lots of footnotes in a book by a guy who can't put his thesis together without contradicting itself. It starts with his hand-wringing about zinc cadmium sulfide, and winds up with his fostering of repugnance.
By the end, he is claiming that treaties and verification can deal with the problem. What? At the very beginning, and on the book's dustjacket, it says that $10,000 is enough to set up a clandestine lab according to Kathleen Bailey. Hello? Anybody heard of the UNABOMer? Ted Kasczynski?
Nations, ladies and gentlemen, are NOT the problem here. Individuals and transnational terrorists are. Folks, we are in very deep trouble. We are in so deep it isn't funny at all.
That's why this book is so weird. Leonard Cohen seems to be aware that there is absolutely no way to put a lid on this (viz. the $10,000 lab Kathleen Bailey footnote). And yet he concludes by pushing the idea that we should just put a lid on it?! We should all just make sure nobody even thinks about doing this, and we shall be just fine? But wait! This book is not a bad primer/instruction manual!
It sure seems to me that considering the situation, if we get attacked, we better know how it can happen. We better know what the parameters are and how it all works. Leonard Cohen seems scandalized that we did testing in the USA. Would it have been more moral for us to do it over some other nation? Would it have been defensible for us not to do any such testing at all? I think not, and Mr. Cole does not even wave in the direction of talking about that. Does he honestly think it would be better if we didn't know how these things disperse?
Back to the context point - Mr. Cole does not seem to have any idea how many people die each year from taking aspirin, or even flu shots. I doubt he has even thought of comparing these tests to those.
All the way through, he makes no effort to set up comparables, nor to assess real risk in the testing that was done. Very low levels of almost anything are innocuous. The National Academy of Sciences clarified the issue with the zinc cadmium sulfide recently. The good professor here, forced a large amount of time, money and energy to be expended on what was known in 1958.
It's not a bad book to start with if you are a terrorist I suppose. But if you want to understand what we need to be doing, this book is a paragon of incredibly sloppy thinking, laced with such a plethora of footnotes and scholarship that it takes on the aura of invincible truth.
Yggfyn Yggfyn
I was shocked by the "rant" of a previous reviewer. I found this book to be fascinating, as easy a read as many of the fictional Chem/Bio Warfare books, but absolutely factual. The hardcover edition on my shelf has been read by every member of my household, and has led to some interesting discussions - read it for yourself!
Heraly Heraly
I would be more at ease if the President of the United States were writing this review instead of someone who has the influence of a water bug. In The Eleventh Plague, Leonard Cole has managed, without hysteria or banal melodrama, to write of the frightening dangers that humankind face in this post cold war era.
The Eleventh Plague is a brilliantly crafted book devoid of the scientific gibberish one comes to associate with such works.
I would strongly recommend The Eleventh Plague to any thoughtful reader who wishes to gain special insights into the nature of the biological and chemical weapon development that currently exists on our planet.