This book chronicles Dr. Ken Alibek's career as one of the former Soviet Union's top biowarfare scientists, and his later career as a consultant for the United States government. Dr. Alibek writes in detail about the various projects he worked on and later supervised. By incorporating detailed descriptions of how various biological and chemical weapons were created and how they affect the living, Dr. Alibek tells a grim story of the powers of modern science. Dr. Alibek also provides an overview of the former Soviet Union's interest in biowarfare dating back to the Stalin era.
The clarity of detail describing the various weapons (anthrax, glanders, smallpox, Bolivian hemorrhagic fever, etc.) makes for a fascinating yet unnerving read. It is common knowledge that the former Soviet Union spent billions of dollars creating and stockpiling these weapons during the Cold War. What is surprising is the degree of importance that was placed on these weapons.
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