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Biological & chemical warfare
Publication Information:
Edina, Minn. : ABDO Pub., c2010.
Physical Description:
112 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
Target Audience:
Essential issues
General Note:
"Essential Library"--P. [4] of cover.
The hunt for the Anthrax Killer -- Deadly weapons -- Centuries of killing -- Biological and chemical terrorism -- Armed countries -- The threat to Americans -- Criticism of response to attacks -- Preparing for an attack -- In the wake of an attack -- Timeline.
Examines the issues of biological and chemical warfare, including its historical background leading up to its current and future impact on society. The Hague Peace Conventions, the Geneva Protocol, and the Chemical Weapons Convention are discussed in detail. Programs that protect the United States against biological or chemical attack are also introduced.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades 5-8 9.1 3 Quiz 135650 English non-fiction.
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Shelf Number
Book 358.3 MARC 1

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This title examines one of the world's critical issues, biological and chemical warfare. Readers will learn the historical background of this issue leading up to its current and future impact on society. The Hague Peace Conventions, the Geneva Protocol, a

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-These books examine their diverse topics in some depth, and cover some seldom-discussed issues such as mental illness and suicide. The texts are well-written, providing examples that put a human face to each problem. Quotes and facts are clearly attributed, and their sources are noted in the extensive back matter. The books include well-chosen and well-sized color photographs, and the narratives are surrounded by generous amounts of white space. Sidebars provide further information, or, more compellingly, offer stories about those touched by the topic. These excellent editions combine facts and personal stories that will be of great assistance to students writing reports. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

These books examine societal issues, reviewing their histories and relating steps taken to combat problems, including laws enacted to protect citizens. Warfare involves issues of national security and chronicles the use of deadly poisonous agents employed against countries and individuals, whether in war or peacetime. The readable texts are enhanced with numerous photographs and sidebars that, while informative, crowd the pages. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Essential Issues titles: Children's Rights, Biological & Chemical Warfare, Gangs, and Drug Trafficking.] Copyright 2010 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

This title in the Essential Issues series offers a broad overview of biological and chemical weapons. Following an opening account of the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks, the chapters examine the characteristics of biological, chemical, and radiological substances; their past uses as weaponry; and attempts to curtail their use through treaties. Marcovitz also discusses the potential threats these weapons pose for the U.S.; immunization and antidote research; and the impact of disseminating unsubstantiated information. With its clean layout; well-spaced, readable prose; and numerous sidebars and color photos, this title offers an accessible approach to the subject and will raise awareness of the many concerns and complexities of biological and chemical weaponry, particularly in the post-9/11 world. A time line, brief bibliography, list of further-reading suggestions, glossary, and source notes of the text's quoted material fill out the back matter.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Hunt for the Anthrax Killerp. 6
Chapter 2 Deadly Weaponsp. 16
Chapter 3 Centuries of Killingp. 26
Chapter 4 Biological and Chemical Terrorismp. 36
Chapter 5 Armed Countriesp. 46
Chapter 6 The Threat to Americansp. 56
Chapter 7 Criticism of Response to Attacksp. 66
Chapter 8 Preparing for an Attackp. 76
Chapter 9 In the Wake of an Attackp. 86
Timelinep. 96
Essential Factsp. 100
Additional Resourcesp. 102
Glossaryp. 104
Source Notesp. 106
Indexp. 110
About the Authorp. 112