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A Higher Form Of Killing by [Harris, Robert, 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: 2281 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 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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.
The book lends a relatively unbiased view of chemical and biological warfare from the first world war on with information from both sides.
This is the third copy of the book which i have purchased as in lending it to friends and colleagues they always wish to pass it onto someone else after they've read it, such is the quality of the book.
The additional chapter gives the book a more up to date closing passage however on the evidence presented throughout I shudder to think of the destruction which today's more advanced chemical and biological weapons could create should the book be revised/ added in the future.
An absolute must read.
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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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This account is a little long in the tooth now, but it is still a very detailed treatise on the history of WMD. It is quite disturbing to be told the many ways western governments have experimented on their own populations, and the cynicism of all those who have signed treaties is remarkable. This is an important book, too important not to read.
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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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Well researched and a facinating insight into the history of CBW (chemical and Biological Warfare). Nicely written, logical and well presented. Some quite unpleasant stories though and not for the faint-hearted.

It is a bit of a niche maker, but a nice romp through the history of CBW.
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