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America the Vulnerable: The Threat of Chemical and Biological Warfare
America the Vulnerable: The Threat of Chemical and Biological Warfare
By Joseph D. Douglass, Jr., and Neil C. Livingstone
Lexington Books, 1987, 204 pp
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This is an attempt to sound the tocsin over the emerging threat of chemical and biological weapons, especially those that might emerge from the revolution in biotechnology. For the authors, the threat derives not just from the Soviet Union but also from Third World states and, still more ominous, from terrorists working in home laboratories. The warning is on the mark, but it is undermined by the book's heavy-handed assertions-for instance, that America's domestic narcotics problem derives from a number of factors, "not the least of which is the direct role played by nations such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Bulgaria, East Germany and Hungary."