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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Science - 496 pages
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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 Nerves makes clear that we are at a crossroads that could lead either to the further spread of these weapons or to their ultimate abolition.

 

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One of the best book on chemical warfare, giving glimpse on 2003 Iraq War and the current threat of chemical terrorism. These super toxic poisons have no peaceful uses, they must not have been created ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
CHAPTER TWO IG FARBEN
CHAPTER THREE PERVERTED SCIENCE
CHAPTER FOUR TWILIGHT OF THE GODS
CHAPTER FIVE FIGHT FOR THE SPOILS
CHAPTER SIX RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
CHAPTER SEVEN BUILDING THE STOCKPILE
CHAPTER EIGHT CHEMICAL ARMS RACE
CHAPTER TWELVE NEW FEARS
CHAPTER THIRTEEN BINARY DEBATE
CHAPTER FIFTEEN PEACE AND
CHAPTER SIXTEEN WHISTLEBLOWER
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN THE TOKYO SUBWAY
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN THE EMERGING THREAT
EPILOGUE TOWARD ABOLITION NOTES
GLOSSARY

CHAPTER NINE AGENT VENOMOUS
CHAPTER TEN YEMEN AND AFTER

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Jonathan B. Tucker received a B.S. in biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in political science, specializing in defense and arms control studies, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the past ten years, he has been a chemical and biological weapons specialist at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Dr. Tucker previously worked as an arms control specialist for Congress and the State Department and as an editor at Scientific American and at High Technology magazine, where he wrote about biomedical research, biotechnology, and military technologies. He lives in Washington, D.C.


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