A Higher Form of Killing

The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfare

By Robert Harris; Jeremy Paxman
Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812966534, 301pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2002

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Description

A Higher Form of Killing opens with the first devastating battlefield use of lethal gas in World War I, and then investigates the stockpiling of biological weapons during World War II and in the decades afterward as well as the inhuman experiments con-ducted to test their effectiveness. This updated edition includes a new Introduction and a new final chapter exposing frightening developments in recent years, including the black market that emerged in chemical and biological weapons following the breakup of the Soviet Union, the acquisition of these weapons by various Third World states, the attempts of countries such as Iraq to build up arsenals, and--particularly and most recently--the use of these weapons in terrorist attacks.




About the Author
Robert Harris is the author of Enigma, Fatherland, and Archangel. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times. His novels have sold more than six million copies and been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife and three children. "From the Hardcover edition."Jeremy Paxman is a journalist, best known for his work presenting BBC's "Newsnight" and "University Challenge," His books include "Friends in High Places," "The English" and "The Political Animal," He lives in Oxfordshire, England.



Praise For A Higher Form of Killing

"The best account of gas and germ warfare available."
--The Washington Post

"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

"Compelling . . . The authors make clear why governments have shrouded such weapon programs in even more secrecy than their nuclear work."
--Financial Times

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