Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox

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Grove Press, 2002 - History - 304 pages
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A Washington Post Best Book of 2001, Scourge provides a definitive account of the dramatic story of smallpox by a leading "expert on biological and chemical weapons" (The New York Times). Jonathan B. Tucker traces the history of the smallpox virus from its first recorded outbreak around 3700 B.C. through its use as the first biological warfare agent in human history, and draws some decisively important lessons for the future. In a timely debate, Tucker addresses the ever-growing concerns about the proliferation of the deadly smallpox virus and its use by terrorist organizations. Explaining how the eradication of the disease in the late 1970s encouraged military research and production of the virus, he exposes the failure of the Russian government to secure its remaining cold-war stockpiles, and evaluates the past and present measures undertaken by the United States to counter the existing dangers of a smallpox attack. Ultimately, he passionately argues for the strengthening of the existing legal ban on the development and possession of biological weapons. Impeccably researched, Scourge is as arresting as it is indispensable, and as William Beatty in Booklist raves, Tucker "has a sense of ... history that helps him make the story of smallpox as disease and ... weapon fascinating and frightening." Scourge has been acclaimed as "a concise, suspenseful and scientifically accurate narrative." -- The New York Times Book Review" Tucker's fascinating, revealing book affords the reader a sobering look at this new type of warfare...." -- Chris Patsilelis, Houston Chronicle -- "[Tucker] reports the debate evenhandedly and with telling detail." -- David Brown, The Washington Post Book World
  

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Contents

MONSTER ON DEATH ROW
1
SMALLPOX AND CIVILIZATION
5
DR JENNERS VACCINE
23
LAUNCHING THE CRUSADE
39
GLOBAL ERADICATION
61
LONG ROAD TO ZERO
90
REALM OF THE FINAL INCH
119
THE SOVIET BETRAYAL
139
WASHINGTON RECONSIDERS
190
DECISION IN GENEVA
209
THE UNFINISHED CONQUEST
231
ECHOES OF SEPTEMBER 11
248
Source Notes
277
Author Interviews
301
Index
303
Copyright

STAY OF EXECUTION
166

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Killing the Disease - New York Times
Killing the Disease. By ED REGIS. SCOURGE The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox. By Jonathan B. Tucker. 291 pp. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. $26. ...
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About the author (2002)

The late Jonathan B. Tucker was a Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists. He was the editor of "Toxic Terror: Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons" (MIT Press, 2000) and the author of "Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox" and "War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda.

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