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A Higher Form Of Killing

A Higher Form Of Killing [Kindle Edition]

Robert Harris , Jeremy Paxman
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"Compelling... the authors make clear why governments have shrouded such weapon programmes in even more secrecy than their nuclear work." (Financial Times)

"An absorbing and unsettling history, an exhaustive exploration of a little-known but potentially apocalyptic aspect of warfare, the whole thing carrying the punch of Armageddon. It reminds us that the world could end not with a nuclear bang but in whimpers of fevered agony." (Chicago Sun-Times)

"The best account of gas and germ warfare available for the lay reader" (Washington Post)

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The secret story of chemical and biological warfare.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1778 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (15 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E9TJ28
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Harris is the author Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost - all of which were worldwide bestsellers. His work has been translated into thirty-three languages. He was born in Nottingham in 1957 and is a graduate of Cambridge University. He worked as a reporter on the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama programmes, before becoming Political Editor of the Observer in 1987, and then a columnist on the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. In 2003 he was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards. He lives near Hungerford in Berkshire with his wife and their four children.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I first read this book 5 or 6 years ago, a copy I found sitting on the shelves of the Harris library. The Cold War was already over, and thus the book had a certain dated feel to it.
However, it was by far the most readable and authoritative account of the hisory of chemical and biological warfare I had ever read, and I spent several years keeping an eye out for it at second-hand bookshops, without success.
I was therefore extremely interested to see that it had been re-released in the wake of September 11th, and bought it at the first possible opportunity.
It is, as previously mentioned, an extremely good history. I emphasise the word history because, despite claims to be 'updated' since September 11th there is actually very little fresh material.
All the major stages of the development of chemical and biological weapons are covered. Of special interest are details of the Japanese biological warfare campaign in China in the 1930s, and hints at possible use of biological weapons by the US against Japan during the Second World War.
Nevertheless, it is an extremely good book, which manages to remain gripping without resorting to the tabloid-style sensationalism that pervades most books that have lately been released on this topic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The horrors of chemical & biological warfare 15 Oct 2003
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An extremely interesting and descriptive books on the development of chemical & biological warfare, which underlines the horrors of NBC. I purchased it to assist in my research on the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, and whilst this aspect only covered a few pages, the rest of the book is fascinating. A very worthwhile purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The horrors of gas & germ warfare 4 Jan 2004
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A very well researched book on the history of chemical & biological warfare; I bought it specifically for the references to the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague 1942, but the rest of the book is fascinating. I would recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in NBC warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 12 May 2013
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I'm a big fan of Robert Harris and this is an excellent book. But, for once, I really wish I hadn't read it because it is genuinely frightening! I've also changed my opinion of the 2nd gulf war having read this work. I hope Jeremy and Robert team up again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written but take with a pinch of salt 5 Oct 2009
Before Robert Harris and Jeremy Paxman found fame as novelist and anchorman respectively, they collaborated on this volume about biological and chemical weapons. Their (sadly plausible) central claim is that conventions aimed at limiting the use of weapons of mass destruction tend to prove ineffective once the shooting starts. (Although since neither side in World War Two actually deployed gas weapons in anger on the battlefield, maybe deterrence succeeded where conventions failed.) Alas, some claims made herein are far-fetched, notably about Britain's attitudes to biological warfare during W.W. 2. Harris and Paxman claim for example that the SOE-trained Czech operatives who executed Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 deployed a botulinum grenade in so doing. But why would SOE parachute operatives into occupied territory with vulnerable bombs full of pathogens that could easily have infected civilians or the operatives themselves? The operatives who killed Heydrich spent six months in occupied Czechoslovakia - surely a long time to be harbouring such potentially dangerous weapons. Anyway, this very implausible claim has been roundly dismissed by historians of the period. (See for example Callum MacDonald's 'The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich'.) No evidence has been found that botulinum was implicated in Heydrich's death. (See e.g. W. Seth Carus' 'Bioterrorism and Biocrimes: the Illicit Use of Biological Agents Since 1900'.) More seriously, Harris sometimes erred on the side of the sensational over the well-supported. Television appearances by Harris around the time this book first came out gave the impression that Churchill had been pressing for the unilateral use of anthrax bombs against German cities. This is a very serious misrepresentation indeed, and one that has done a lot of harm. Read more ›
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Purchased to research the subject before a new job, it is comprehensive covering the history of most NBC agents and delivery methods. It is gripping too, making it hard to put down. However it does not cover the last ten years in particular the hunt for Saddam's weapons or radiological as opposed to nuclear weapons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Stuff 22 Feb 2014
By Rich
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I already knew that Porton engaged in some seriously dodgy research, but I didn't realise quite how much. This book is gripping
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative and chilling!
I read this following the news of the Syrian Nerve Gas attacks in mid 2013. It provides a chilling and informative analysis of the history of CBW. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. N. Rushbrooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review
Well researched and a facinating insight into the history of CBW (chemical and Biological Warfare). Nicely written, logical and well presented. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2012 by Outremer14
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive account of chemical and biological warfare
This account is a little long in the tooth now, but it is still a very detailed treatise on the history of WMD. Read more
Published on 7 May 2012 by a little bit of a grumpy old so and so
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book
Despite being a little dated, early 80's, this is a fascinating and a well written history of biochemical warfare. Compulsive reading. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by JMR
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A higher form of killing is an excellent book. Very insightful and rather frightening when you consider how close to catastrophe the world as we know it has come. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2010 by dan16murphy
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A good book for those intrested/intrigued by the subject matter. Even though written by two authors their style of writing is almost identical and does not distract from the... Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2009 by Dog walker
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