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1. The Anthrax Letters: A Medical
2. Death in a Small Package: A Short
3. Anthrax:: A History
4. The Anthrax Letters: A Bioterrorism
5. The Anthrax Vaccine: Is It Safe?
6. Dead Silence: Fear and Terror
7. The Killer Strain: Anthrax and
8. Anthrax: The Investigation of
9. The Anthrax Mutation
10. Anthrax -- Persistence of Time:
11. Anthrax: State of Euphoria (Guitar
12. Spores, Plagues and History: The
13. Anthrax: The Game
14. Analyzing The Anthrax Attacks
15. 2008 Essential Guide to the Amerithrax
16. Anthrax Conspiracy
17. Anthrax a Deadly Shot in the Dark:
18. Recognizing And Treating Exposure
19. Bacillus anthracis and Anthrax
20. Anthrax (Diseases and Disorders)

1. The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story
by Leonard A. Cole
Hardcover: 280 Pages (2003-10-01)
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At 2:00am on October 2, 2001, Robert Stevens entered a hospital emergency room.He was feverish, nauseated, and barely conscious.Notations on his admitting chart indicate that he was "not oriented to person, place, or time." Perplexed by the sudden and especially severe onset of his symptoms, doctors ran a variety of tests. As armies of bacterial agents attacked and shut down every major organ in Bob Stevens's system, doctors quickly accumulated and analyzed medical data, fitting the pieces of this complicated puzzle together to arrive at a stunning diagnosis. Bob Stevens had anthrax -- and he was soon to become the first official bioterrorism fatality in America.

Behind the panic and the politics that would quickly ensue there remained a key line of defense. For while the police and FBI frantically investigated a crime, there were other professionals at work, conducting their own painstaking inquiry -- medical and scientific detectives hot on the trail of deadly organisms deliberately set loose in the postal system. Modern heroes in a quickly changing world, the public health officials, physicians, researchers, and scientists who staff our hospitals, clinics, and laboratories will be among the first responders on the scene of any future biowarfare event.

Conducting his own detective work, bioterrorism expert Leonard Cole has composed a fascinating account that gets right to the heart of all the noisy sound bytes and hysterical headlines. Cole is perhaps the only person outside law enforcement to have interviewed every one of the surviving inhalation-anthrax victims, along with the relatives, friends, and associates of those who died, as well as the public health officials, scientists, researchers, hospital workers, and treating physicians -- indeed, anyone who has something of value to add to the story. Speaking through their voices, the narrative reflects the tension and emotions stirred by the events from that fall in 2001.

Fast paced and riveting, this minute-by-minute chronicle of the anthrax attacks recounts more than a history of recent current events; it uncovers the untold and perhaps even more important story of how scientists, doctors, and researchers perform life-saving work under intense pressure and public scrutiny. The Anthrax Letters is a spellbinding behind-the-scenes expose that amply demonstrates how vulnerable America and the world really were in 2001 -- and how critical scientific research promises to strengthen our ability to address the challenges we must meet in the future. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Return to Sender
"The Anthrax Letters" recounts the story fairly well but is somewhat dated and some of the authors assumptions and bias stand out.The first mailings arrived at the American Media Inc. (AMI) building in Boca Raton Florida and the previous address at the National Enquirer building.This raises the question as to where the perpetrators obtained the addresses and whether they were local.It's common knowledge that many of the 911 hijackers lived in Florida.Marwan Al Shehhi and Hamza Alghamdi lived in Del Ray about 15 minutes from AMI. A librarian, Martha Moffett is quoted because she believed Bin Laden read "The Sun", a tabloid periodical and that he would be angry with the stories that had been written about him.Never mind that photo journalist Robert Stevens, the first victim of the anthrax letters had published pictures of the drunken Bush twins and possibly angered the leader of the so called free world.
In any case the letters were mailed from Trenton, New Jersey and not Florida.
Steven Hatfill, microbiologist at Fort Dietrich, MD became the first subject of the FBI's suspicion.Recently Hatfill was awarded 5.6 million dollars for the false accusations that ruined his life.
The point is that while warmongers like John McCain were on TV making noise about the anthrax being produced in Iraq, the truth was that it was made in the good ol' USA.
The AMES strain of anthrax was collected in Iowa and cultivated and weaponized by Battelle Labs of West Jefferson, Ohio.The silica-powdered anthrax was ionized to be easily distributed in the air. The process of coating and ionizing the anthrax is extremely difficult and dangerous and can only be done in a proper lab with proper training.
Letters were sent to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy as well as media personality Tom Brokaw.Leahy and Daschle, who were holdouts on signing the Patriot Act, signed immediately after receiving the letters.
Seven years went by andnow the FBI have supposedly solved the case and laid the blame of the attacks on Dr. Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist, who like Hatfill worked at Ft. Dietrich.Ivins was a specialist in research and development of bio-toxin vaccines.
Days prior to his scheduled arrest Ivins overdosed on Tylenol and died.
Case closed.
Dr. Cole's 2004 "The Anthrax Letters" could stand a revision.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, But Maybe the Best Available Today
"The Anthrax Letters" provides a good deal of background information on the Anthrax attacks of 2001, and perhaps until the culprit(s) are identified, this book may remain as the credible only work available.The book provides a great deal of information on both the victims and the professionals that treated them (maybe even too much?).I would have preferred a bit more on the science of the forensics used to try to track down the perpetrators (but in the author's defense, that may still be kept closely under wraps by the FBI).Would also have liked more information on the method, costs and procedures used to clean up the effected buildings.But the book is easy to read.Author does not subscribe to the lone disgruntled scientist theory and sees a possible link to Al-Queda.

4-0 out of 5 stars Real Life Horror Story
I was drawn into this book from page 1.An intriguing and scary look into just how deadly biological weapons are, and how easy it would be to release a deadly pathogen into a population.One cannot help but sympathize with the residents of this Ural town who were unfortunate enough to breathe in the deadly spores.It is also heartbreaking to read the effects felt by family and friends of the deceased as they mourned the untimely, sudden and unexplainable deaths of their loved ones.

But the most disturbing part of all is how the victims contracted the disease (though this is still up for debate) by just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as the deadly pathogens were borne here and there by the wind.One victim happened to be out gardening while the invisible, deadly breeze swept by, while her neighbors who remained in their homes at that moment were unaffected.One comes away from reading this book with the realization of how fragile and precious life is, and how it can be ended by the vagaries of Fate.

Comparing this book with others written about Anthrax is inevitable, but this publication is written from the viewpoint of the author's occupation.As an added feature, one learns about the paranoia that still continues to exist in that part of the world, and the roundabout methods the writer sometimes had to employ to fully investigate this terrible event.

I give the book 4 stars because of its sometimes very academic approach, which may discourage some readers.But in this era when any country can obtain such dangerous and deadly microbes, each book on this subject is a must read in order to understand the seriousness of biological weapons and how easily this type of warfare can decimate a population.

4-0 out of 5 stars A lesson on the medical mysteries
This book was based on the mysterious medical cases of anthrax that occurred through the mail during the year of 2001.Author Leonard A. Cole takes the reader personally through the many accounts of the anthrax sicknesses that have been reported following the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.

After the first case of anthrax was discovered it would soon become obvious that these acts were of biowarfare towards our country.Cole educates you on the history and mannerisms of the anthrax bacteria.He describes how it forms, grows and infects the people who come in contact with it.He takes you inside the hospitals to the doctors that treated the suffering patients and into the homes of those who were left behind wondering what was wrong.The medications used to treat the victims and procedures they underwent are drawn out for the reader to see as well.Not only were the families of these victims left in the dark, but our nation as a whole was left shocked and fearful of what was happening during this time.Cole went inside the police cases and FBI findings in their attempts to try and catch the culprits of these offenses.They take you through the procedures they undertook in their endeavors to track down the source of the attacks. Desperately trying to discover the cause of these biohazard assaults and being able to diagnose them quickly enough to save lives, is the aspect of this novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

If you thought you knew all that had happened with the anthrax you will become surprisingly more aware of what really transpired after reading this book.As the author leads you from case to case of the reported diagnoses, the reader becomes more frightfully conscious of the bio-terrorism threats that our nation faced.It's fast moving pace and hard hitting facts keeps the reader's interest throughout the entirety of the book.Though at some points it can be slightly difficult to follow due to the medical terms and research discussed about anthrax, it is still a highly enjoyable read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Book Review for The Anthrax Letters
The Anthrax Letters is an elaborate chronicle of incidents our nation was exposed to when the horrifying bio-terrorism attacks were conducted by mail in the year 2001. It was only three weeks after September 11th occurred that a Florida man by the name of Bob Stevens died due to inhalation of anthrax. His death became the first to be caused by bio-terrorism in the United States. This book describes in-depth, the many lives anthrax affected and how it affected our nation as a whole.The measures that many doctors, scientists, policemen, etc... took to try and put a stop to such a terror are thoroughly acknowledged throughout this book.
The Anthrax Letters greatly portrayed the concerns about bio-terrorism as being seen from theory to a reality. This was a very scientific book and provides the viewer with a better understanding of the substance anthrax itself and the horrifying effects that it can have.This book was very informative and definitely keeps ones interest. Though at times it is scientifically hard to follow, and understand, it is still very enjoyable and well written. This book is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the anthrax bio-terrorism attacks that so dolefully struck our nation during the year of 2001.
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2. Death in a Small Package: A Short History of Anthrax (Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease)
by Susan D. Jones
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2010-09-23)
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A disease of soil, animals, and people, anthrax has threatened lives for at least two thousand years. Farmers have long recognized its lasting virulence, but in our time, anthrax has been associated with terrorism and warfare. What accounts for this frightening transformation? Death in a Small Package recounts how this ubiquitous agricultural disease came to be one of the deadliest and most feared biological weapons in the world.

Bacillus anthracis is lethal. Animals killed by the disease are buried deep underground, where anthrax spores remain viable for decades or even centuries and, if accidentally disturbed, can cause new infections. But anthrax can be deliberately aerosolized and used to kill -- as it was in the United States in 2001.

Historian and veterinarian Susan D. Jones recounts the life story of anthrax through the biology of the bacillus; the political, economic, geographic, and scientific factors that affect anthrax prevalance; and the cultural beliefs about the disease that have shaped human responses to it. She explains how Bacillus anthracis became domesticated, discusses what researchers have learned from numerous outbreaks, and analyzes how the bacillus came to be weaponized and what this development means for the modern world.

Jones compellingly narrates the biography of this frightfully hardy disease from the ancient world through the present day.

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3. Anthrax:: A History
by Richard M. Swiderski
Paperback: 266 Pages (2004-08)
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Bacillus anthracis—anthrax—had largely faded from public consciousness until it resurfaced as a terrorist weapon in 2001. It was always with us, lurking in the soil and hosted by our livestock. Long before it was identified as a specific bacterium in the late 1800s, "anthrax" was a catchphrase for a variety of diseases and symptoms, from ancient biblical plagues to a painful carbuncle on George Washington’s leg. Only when industrialization turned anthrax into a widespread disease that threatened economies did a true understanding of Bacillus anthracis begin to emerge.

This history of anthrax follows the development of our understanding of the disease, beginning in the 18th century, when science began breaking ground on the subject, until the present, when anthrax is feared more as an agent of biowarfare than as a health hazard harbored by the environment. There are three appendices: the first outlines the reaction of Manchester, New Hampshire, to the 2001 anthrax attacks; the second documents workplace warnings to anthrax-prone workers; and the third lists novels that involve anthrax. Bibliographical references are also provided. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and timely history
Anthrax had reverted to the background of public concerns until 2001, when it surfaced in postal mailboxes as a terrorist weapon; but it's always been here, both in soil and livestock, before it became an industrialized disease. Richard Swiderski's methodical study of this killer disease, Anthrax: A History, reveals the development of the disease, from the 18th century discoveries made about the bacteria until modern times. An intriguing and timely history.
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4. The Anthrax Letters: A Bioterrorism Expert Investigates the Attack That Shocked America
by Leonard A. Cole
Paperback: 304 Pages (2009-04-01)
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At 2:00am on October 2, 2001, Robert Stevens entered a hospital emergency room. Feverish, nauseated, and barely conscious, no one knew what was making him sick.Three days later he was dead.Stevens was the first fatal victim of bioterrorism in America.

Bioterrorism expert Leonard Cole has written the definitive account of the Anthrax attacks.Cole is the only person outside law enforcement to have interviewed every one of the surviving inhalation-anthrax victims, along with the relatives, friends, and associates of those who died, as well as the public health officials, scientists, researchers, hospital workers, and treating physicians.Fast paced and riveting, this minute-by-minute chronicle of the anthrax attacks recounts more than a history of recent current events, it uncovers the untold and perhaps even more important story of how scientists, doctors, and researchers perform life-saving work under intense pressure and public scrutiny.Updated with new information about Ivins and a series of upcoming Congressional hearings into the FBI’s conduct in this case, The Anthrax Letters amply demonstrates how vulnerable America was in 2001 and whether we are better prepared now for a bioterror attack.

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5. The Anthrax Vaccine: Is It Safe? Does It Work?
by Committee to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of the Anthrax Vaccine, Medical Follow-Up Agency
Paperback: 288 Pages (2002-04-18)
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Summary of the Committee to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of the Anthrax Vaccine which was congressionally mandated for the Department of Defense. Committee reviewed data and assessed the efforts to resolve manufacturing issues and resume production and distribution of the vaccine. Softcover. ... Read more

6. Dead Silence: Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail
by Bob Coen, Eric Nadler
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2009-06-02)
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Dead Silence—the first in-depth look into the new biological arms race—tells the inside story of the U.S. anthrax attacks and their connection to the existence of a frightening global germ warfare underworld.

Dead Silence follows a journalist and a private eye as they pursue leads that take them across four continents, inside classified labs in the U.S., and to an off-limits Russian military compound. In South Africa they track down “Doctor Death,” the apartheid army scientist who—using the expertise of his U.S. and U.K. intelligence contacts—worked on an array of germ weapons, including one targeting black people, a weapon that may be for sale on the black market today.

Their investigation intensifies to include the mysterious deaths of some of the world’s leading germ war scientists in the wake of 9/11, including that of Bruce Ivins—the man the tabloids called “Doctor Doom” and the FBI controversially insists is the lone perpetrator of the anthrax attacks.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful, fearful account for any lending library, from health and politics to general-interest holdings
DEAD SILENCE: FEAR AND TERROR ON THE ANTHRAX TRAIL tells of the US anthrax attacks and their connection to a global germ warfare underground. Two reporters interview scientists, politicians and assassins all involved with the development and monitoring of such warfare potentials - and provide a frightening saga of the secret, real world of international biological weapons research. A powerful, fearful account for any lending library, from health and politics to general-interest holdings.

5-0 out of 5 stars the more we learn, the more disgusted we will be
The more we learn about the anthrax attacks and the failed FBI investigation, the more we will be disgusted with the continuing failure to solve a case of mass murder that terrorized America. So I welcome the publication of Dead Silence and look forward to reading it.

NOTE: Now that I have read DEAD SILENCE, I recommend it even more.

Sometimes fiction can be as powerful a means of informing and influencing as non-fiction.

I deal with the failed FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attack in my novel Case Closed, revealing stunning abuses of power at the highest levels of government.

Does my novel tell what actually happened? Of course not. It's a novel!

But many readers, including one well place source in the Intelligence Community, have told me my story of conspiracy and murder is, unfortunately, "all too plausible."

The only thing we know for sure about the 2001 anthrax attacks is that the CASE is definitely not CLOSED! ... Read more

7. The Killer Strain: Anthrax and a Government Exposed
by Marilyn W. Thompson
Paperback: 272 Pages (2004-02-29)
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A lethal germ is unleashed in the U.S. mail. A chain of letters spreads terror from Florida to Washington, from New York to Connecticut, from the halls of the U.S. Congress to the assembly lines of the U.S. Postal Service. Five people die and ten thousand more line up for antibiotics to protect against exposure. A government already outsmarted by the terrorist hijackers of 9/11 stumbles, leaving workers vulnerable and a diabolical killer on the loose.

The Killer Strain is the definitive account of the year in which bioterrorism became a reality in the United States, exposing failures in judgment and a flawed understanding of the anthrax bacteria's capacity to kill. With the pace and drama of fiction, this book goes behind the scenes to examine the confused, often bungled response by federal agencies to the anthrax attacks of 2001. It shows how the Bush administration's efforts to control information and downplay risk led to mistakes that ultimately cost two postal workers their lives.

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews and a review of thousands of pages of government documents, The Killer Strain reveals unsung victims and heroes in the anthrax debacle. It also examines the FBI's slow-paced investigation into the crimes and the unprecedented scientific challenges posed by the case. It looks into the coincidences of timing and geography that spurred the FBI's scrutiny of Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, a key "person of interest" for the authorities. Hatfill, a medical researcher turned "bioterror expert," proclaimed his innocence but spent most of 2002 under round-the-clock FBI surveillance.

The Killer Strain is more than a thrilling read. It is a clarion wake-up call. It shows how billions of dollarsspent and a decade of elaborate bioterror dress rehearsals meant nothing in the face of a real attack.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Connections to al Qaeda????Not credible
I cannot believe that a Washington Post investigative writer would include allusions to "connections to al Qaeda" in a book on the anthrax attacks.Why do we find this in the offical book description?Why would an author or publisher want that as part of the official description, unless they're pandering to the neocons and collaborating with damage-control propaganda?

These connections were "hinted," of course, by the bogus letters talking about Allah, which were sent along with the anthrax.And the Bush administration and its fans are working very hard to get the public (and the FBI) to stop thinking, and claiming, that the profile of the perpetrator points to a domestic, right-wing, inside job.

Surveys have shown that a high percent of US citizens, never much lower than 50%, have believed for years that Iraq and al Qaeda were in league with each other for the 9-11 attacks.This has been disproved, and Bush has even admitted as much--but then Cheney keeps talking as if the connection is there.

Give it up.It was the Easter Bunny.It was Santa Claus.It was the Great Pumpkin who sent the Anthrax letters, cooking up and weaponizing the anthrax in the pumpkin patch, weaponizing it by a process known only to a relatively small group inside the US military-intelligence community.That makes as much sense as any speculation about al Qaeda, which only serves to deflect attention from the FBI's findings, that it was an inside job.

Read the news stories since the events first unfolded, and you will notice the damage control, the effort to blame al Qaeda or Iraq, and to turn public opinion away from the FBI's original findings.

A government exposed?Not quite, not enough, not in their propaganda-producing role, and not in their ability to compromise the journalistic integrity of some investigative reporters by suspending their disbelief in the Bush myth that dark-skinned, middle-eastern extremists were behind the anthrax attacks.

3-0 out of 5 stars C.O. Conscientious Objectors expose
The main fact I walked away from this book was, when it first came to the City Island Library, in New York City, in the Bronx, was twofold. One, it was made by the same people who brought us the Watergate Scandal (but perhaps failed to bring the second Watergate dweller, Ms. Lewinsky, a resident next to the Doles, to light) and two, that C.O.'s Conscientious Objectors, a Draft Board designation, were used in the testing of anthrax exposure, and just recently given medals for risking their lives. It also gave some credence to a story of C.O.'s being used in other devious ways to service bombsights, perhaps. I live in the Bronx, where Kathy Nguyen, one of the victims was from. The WP did a good job investigating the 1987 "Wedtech Scandal" here too, where military field deployed bridges were supposed to be made and vast sums of money were embezzled. Unfortunately, 9/11/01 and subsequent acts stopped the Maya Lin designed newspaper recycling plant proposed for the South Bronx, where the US Capitol Dome was forged during the Lincoln Administration. See "Bronx Ecology: Blueprint For A New Environmentalism".

3-0 out of 5 stars Well reported, buta (mostly) slow read
This book is a little dense and sometimes repetitive. For those looking for a medical mystery this book will probably not be very satisfying. The point of this book, which is made several times and then some, is that the response from federal agencies to the 2001 anthrax attacks was not perfect.And those mistakes cost lives.

The history of US anthrax production was interesting and offered perspective, and the chapter on the US Justice Departments attack and smear of a scientist was good and should have been developed more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fine recapitulation of the anthrax mailings story
This is a very carefully written account of the anthrax mailings with an emphasis on the victims and the governmental response.It sheds little new light on the investigation which to this day has still not turned up a suspect.

Marilyn W. Thompson, who is an editor at the Washington Post, and her research assistants, Davene Grosfeld and Maryanne Warrick, interviewed scores of people from Leroy Richmond, a postal employee who almost died from inhalation anthrax, to Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan, then director of the Centers for Disease Control, in putting together the story.But apparently they were not able to interview anybody in the FBI, nor did they talk to Steven J. Hatfill, who was dubbed by Attorney General John Ashcroft as "a person of interest" in the investigation and was prominently in the public eye as a possible suspect.Much of the material was culled from news sources and public records.Consequently, what we have here is a presentation of what is publically known about the case and a record of events.

One of the aspects that Thompson concentrates on is the differential between the public health response to the anthrax found on Capitol Hill and the response to that found at the Brentwood Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Washington, D.C. with the suggestion that there was a dual standard at work, one for the white and powerful and another for the black and blue collar.This may be so, but the most damaging criticism she presents--against the CDC at least--is their failure to realize that anthrax could escape a sealed envelope.However it could, and did, especially in the Brentwood Center.

Thompson does get into "who done it," hinting that Al-Qaeda may be responsible as she recalls the pre-9/11 activities of Mohammed Atta, alleged ringleader of the hijackings, who is reported to have met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague where he accepted "a glass container" that may have contained an anthrax sample. (pp. 53-54)She also recalls Atta's interest in crop dusters and his visits to a south Florida rural airstrip to check out an Air Tractor AT-502 crop duster. (p. 54)

Even more sensational (to me at least) is the write up of "a textbook description of cutaneous anthrax" by Dr. Christos Tsonas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida after treating Ahmed Ibrahim al-Haznawi, one of the hijackers who went down with United Airlines Flight 93 in Somerset County Pennsylvania, for a "dry, blackish scab covered wound" on his leg.As Thompson remarks, "skin anthrax could be acquired in only one way: through direct contact with anthrax spores." (pp. 51-52)

A lot of ink is also spent on Hatfill, although Thompson is careful not to propose that he is the culprit.What she does is give a report on his background including his partially falsified resume, including a false claim that he has a Ph.D in microbiology (p. 191) and a report on his soldier of fortune persona.She also quotes scientist Barbara Hatch Rosenberg's "likely portrait of the perpetrator," a portrait that fits Hatfill very well.(See pages 202-205.)However, Rosenberg also refused to name Hatfill.The way Thompson organizes this information in Chapter 15, "A Person of Interest," with the juxtaposition of the characterizations and the profiling and Hatfill's grand-standing insistence that he is innocence, suggests that he is, if nothing else, a prime suspect.Of course, this is nothing new.Since his name first surfaced he has been "a person of interest" in the media and in the minds of many people.But the FBI, despite investigating every aspect of his life, has failed to arrest him.

The big question here is why the FBI has not solved this case.As reported here and elsewhere the number of people who could have the expertise, the opportunity, and some kind of motive for this crime (involving "weaponized" anthrax, remember) probably can be counted without taking off our shoes.I have speculated that either the FBI has somehow compromised the evidence and is stuck without enough for an indictment, or the identity of the culprit (or the details of the investigation) would somehow embarrass the administration--or (that old standby) compromise the investigation of other, perhaps larger crimes or even crimes being planned.Thompson allows Rosenberg to add a third possibility, namely that the perpetrator "participated in the past in secret activities that the government would not like to see disclosed." (p. 204)

I have one small question.On page 174 and page 185 it is suggested that "over irradiation" of the mail (to kill possible anthrax spores) could cause those opening such letters to feel sick to their stomachs or feel some other illness.From what I know about the use of radiation to kill germs, whatever is radiated contains no residue of radiation (how could it?) and poses no health hazard whatsoever.Thompson's suggestion of the "post-traumatic stress of returning" to the once contaminated mail facility is the more likely reason for illness.

Bottom line: this is a thoroughly professional tiptoe through the tulips that allows Thompson to maintain a journalistic objectivity while pointing an accusatory finger at governmental incompetence in the face of the first bioweapons attack ever in the United States.

5-0 out of 5 stars enthralling
I wrote this review which you now have posted under the author's name.

This book is totally engrossing from the first page to the last. It manages to take a story about a real-life incident (the anthrax letters of 2001) and spin it into a fascinating yarn that has shades of fiction. The characters are richly drawn -- Leroy Richmond, the devoted postal worker who contracts anthrax when his boss asks him to leave his work station and clean up some rubbish behind the anthrax-contaminated Machine 17; John Ezzell, the scientist who frets during sleepless nights about how to protect the public from this menace; Jeff Koplan, the dedicated bureaucrat who ends up being the Bush administration's fall guy. Despite its title, which is a play on words about anthrax exposure, Thompson tries to engage the reader and succeeds in spinning a story that informs, enrages and leaves lingering questions about our government's ability to deal with acts of orchestrated terror. Can't put it down reading. ... Read more

8. Anthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak
by Jeanne Guillemin
Paperback: 339 Pages (2001-02-05)
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In April of 1979 the city of Sverdlovsk in Russia's Ural Mountains was struck by a frightening anthrax epidemic. Official Soviet documents reported sixty-four human deaths resulting from the ingestion of tainted meat sold on the black market, but U.S. intelligence sources implied a different story, and the lack of documentation left unresolved questions. In her riveting investigation of the incident, Jeanne Guillemin unravels the mystery of what really happened during that tragic event in Sverdlovsk.
Anthrax is a virulent and deadly bacteria whose spores can remain in soil for as long as seventy years, killing grazing animals and putting humans in jeopardy of eating infected meat. Contemporary concern is more centered on anthrax as an airborne biological weapon whose inhaled spores can result in ninety percent mortality for those infected.
As part of a team of doctors and researchers, Jeanne Guillemin traveled to Russia in 1992 to determine the cause and extent of the epidemic. Her affecting narrative transforms a case of epidemiological investigation into a politically charged mystery. She creates a vivid sense of immediacy and drama with her insider's account of the team's investigative work--the analysis of pathology photos and slides, meetings with political and public health officials, the retrieval of essential medical data--and candidly reveals the subjective side of science as she conducts interviews with afflicted families, visits sites, and interacts with those suspected of clouding the truth.
Complete with medical case information and three epidemiological maps, this classic account relates directly to growing concern over bioterrorism and how the United States and other nations should respond. In the final chapters Guillemin surveys past and present covert biological weapons arsenals scattered around the world and the international legal efforts to eliminate them.Amazon.com Review
The great equalizer between humans and sheep, anthrax hasfilled us with morbid curiosity as far back as records exist. Oncebelieved to be a manifestation of unholy fire, today it is seen as aweapon of deranged terrorists or sinister governments.Medicalanthropologist Jeanne Guillemin's Anthrax: The Investigation of aDeadly Outbreak examines the 1979 deaths of 64 Soviet citizens inthe Ural mountains.Blamed at the time on tainted meat, Guillemin'steam proved that a plume of spores from a nearby military site causedthe event (Boris Yeltsin admitted this much at about the same time).Not just a medical detective story, Guillemin's book is also aninsightful look into the effects such an outbreak has on survivors anda penetrating analysis of the prospects of biological warfare in thenot-too-distant future. Starting in the local cemetery to find thevictims' identities--the KGB had long ago seized their records--theteam interviews survivors and kin, unleashing long-repressed feelingsand yielding valuable information about those struck down.Ultimately, despite interference from the Russian military and civilservice, the tainted meat hypothesis is refuted and clear evidence ofillegal and dangerous research released.The reader is left to wonderabout one Russian's suggestion that if the wind had changed course oneday in 1979, hundreds of thousands might have died. Where does thatleave us today? --Rob Lightner ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars fascinating read
i read this and graysmith's book on the topic of the anthrax attacks.i found this book to be the better.reading it is like listening to someone describe a spider's web, with it's varying lines, thicknesses, angles, dimensions ...its not easy to fully explore a topic with different sites, characters, and the timelines.the author does more than an adequate job of accomplishing these tasks.with our finest investigative agencies never having publicly resolved this complex case, i felt disappointed when the end of the book came and we hadn't reached a conclusion, either...this is a quick read.given the difference between the current price new ($40.00) and used ($0.01), for the price - used - you can't go wrong.

2-0 out of 5 stars Passe
I looked to this book for more details about the Sverdlovsk outbreak after reading Biohazard, the excellent expose by Ken Alibek published a year after this book.Comparisons of the two books are inherently unfair and at the same time unavoidable because Alibek, who spent two decades directing major parts of the Soviet Union's covert biological warfare programs, knows so much more than everyone involved with this investigation could have ever hoped to uncover.Bottom line:I strongly recommend "Biohazard" over this book.Alibek's chapter on Sverdlovsk has riveting first-hand accounts of the accident at the anthrax production facility.And he names names!

This book presents circumstantial evidence from people who were outside the biological warfare program:attending doctors, victims' families, etc.Like "Biohazard," it also refutes the official "contaminated meat" story.

I did get a bit of the additional detail I was looking for, and for that I give it two stars, but it meanders quite a bit with childish, off-topic editorial musings that belong in a travelogue rather than in a presentation of findings, and I found it dull.I have more criticisms of this book but see no use in presenting them:there are nearly 400 used copies for sale here as I type this.It's dead.

3-0 out of 5 stars Epidemiologically valuable, but incomplete
Professor Guillemin's work on the 1979 Sverdlovsk outbreak in the former Soviet Union is written in a very conversational tone, which makes the book a quick read.

This conversational quality however quickly leads to off-topic meanderings; for example, parallels are drawn from classical Russian literature to situations she experiences (at least a fourth of her footnotes are to quoted Russian literature), and she often cannot resist waxing personal philosophic on the conditions of life in the world today (not necessarily in Russia).While she disowns the expected clinical descriptions and warns she chose a first-person, emotional narrative in the introduction, some (particularly specialists) might find this type of writing annoying.

This first-person approach has the deliberate quality of putting a human face on this situation of clinical interest -- and it is this attitude that dominates the work.She recounts the 1979 Sverdlovsk outbreak in terms of human loss and the suffering the families endured as a result.Her primary purpose is therefore to give the victims a voice.Not a bad thing, but not what I expected based on the title.

The down side to this emotional narrative is that the author often becomes whiny, even to the point of naivety (particularly about the realities of Cold War politics, the Biological Weapons Convention Treaty [which both the US and the USSR, not just the USSR, violated at will] and the extent and nature of the American bio-chemical weapons production programs.Unconscious assigning of white and black hats is an unfortunate bias to the work).

This work therefore should have been subtitled "A Sociological Exploration of the Aftermath of the Sverdlovsk Outbreak" or somesuch.

Methodologically, the approach is also problematic.While the testimony of the people of Sverdlovsk is vital, some of the critically important survivors could not be located, while others could not recall (or chose to forget) the details of the incident, which makes their accounts sometimes contradictory and the study itself largely incomplete.Moreover most of the citizen's testimony is hearsay, rumourmongering, or just plain speculation, usually governed by Soviet Cold War propaganda and disinformation.Many of the governmental officials simply refused to comment.

Professor Guillemin is a Sociologist and not a Bacteriologist/Epidemiologist, and this really affects the format of the work.She often quotes other Sociologists/Political Scientists on theoretics of social situations in transitional Russia (ostensibly as backgrounders), but these rarely have any relevance to the Sverdlovsk incident; often one is left with the impression she'd rather talk about the contemporary Russian people (or her husband!) and not the outbreak at all.

Of note is Professor Guillemin's aloofness to the 'scholarship' and eyewitnesses to Soviet bioweapons production during the Cold War.Although she names a few key individuals, she seems to give their first hand testimony almost no attention.I recommend Ken Alibek's _Biohazard_ (which includes a chapter on the Sverdlovsk incident), which Guillemin seems to have ignored.The reader is left wondering why Guillemin's many interviews didn't include Alibek/Alibekov or even Pasechnik (like Alibek, director of a biological weapons production facility in Russia before his defection), both of whom now reside in the US.Neither is any attention paid to the publications of KGB activities now emerging from the former Soviet Union.IOW, Guillemin doesn't seem to have done her homework.

Guillemin's work is however valuable, but ultimately for epidemiological reasons and for her reporting of the findings of the research team to which she was attached.The research team's conclusions are epidemiologically incomplete as well (the KGB seized all records and squelched the officials that could have assisted in an epizootic examination), but nonetheless the work advances the understanding of the 1979 Sverdlovsk outbreak.
As she was told by several Russians, this mystery will never be solved.

Avoid the book if you expect to find more than a paragraph of clinical detail or bacteriological discussion, to which Guillemin seems squeamish.She is however to be commended for presenting all her findings, incomplete or no.Such is good science.

3-0 out of 5 stars Academic approach to an anthrax outbreak
Jeanne Guillemin attempts to unravel the complex mystery of the 1979 Siberian outbreak of anthrax.Was it really from tainted meat, as the Soviet officials would have the world believe? Was the cause due to burningof dead anthrax-infected animals or due an accidental or purposeful releaseof weaponized anthrax spores from the Soviet facility, Compound19?

Guillemin approaches her study of the events and its root causefollowing all of the principles of sound science.

As a human being,however, her outrage over this incident continues to surface. As sherecounts her investigation she interjects this outrage, often digressingfrom the story line to vent her indignation.

Unlike a possibly drystandard scientific thesis this story could have turned into, she includesmany human elements in her writing. She describes the families of thevictims, their losses, and sorrow.She also goes into great detail aboutwhat her team ate and drank, the meals they missed, and every possibleincident interesting or otherwise about the trip to Siberia. She evenincludes a description of her inappropriate wearing of sandals for aSiberian spring. The author is writing for a general audience rather thanfor the scientific community and she or her publisher understands the needfor the appealing human element. Sadly this takes the reader away fromfocusing on the many fascinating scientific and public health aspects ofthe study that almost become an aside to her story of the quest forinformation on the victims.

It is a worthwhile, though in parts wordyread.Read in conjunction with "Biohazard", the dark side ofscience is well represented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Anthrax
Jeanne Guillemin's masterful account of the Sverdlovsk outbreak of anthrax in 1979 is a suspenseful medical mystery; a thoughtful analysis of the threats, real and imagined, of bioterrorism; and an intelligent tour of thesociological, political, and psychological ramifications of the event.Avery appealing element of the book is the sheer power of the storytelling. We are drawn in by a personable, human, plucky narrator who, as asociologist, a westerner, a woman, has to navigate the maze of Sovietbureaucracy to reach the human heart of the story.The portraits of thosewho died in the outbreak are highly detailed and poignant; the book is, inpart, a testimony to the specific people who lost their lives as the resultof a complex chain of events quite beyond them.I found the bookcompelling and moving -- a great read. ... Read more

9. The Anthrax Mutation
by Alan Scott
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Anthrax Mutation
Excellent book, written in early 70's, Original Title was Project Dracula.A good FAST read for those that like army fiction and science. ... Read more

10. Anthrax -- Persistence of Time: Authentic Guitar TAB
by Anthrax
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Titles are: Time
* Blood
* Keep It in the Family
* In My World
* Gridlock
* Intro to Reality
* Belly of the Beast
* Got the Time
* H8 Red
* One Man Stands
* Discharge. ... Read more

11. Anthrax: State of Euphoria (Guitar tablature)
by Anthrax
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12. Spores, Plagues and History: The Story of Anthrax
by Chris Holmes
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Spores, Plagues and History is the tale of one of history's most deadly bacterium, which has been causing natural disease since the time of Moses and man-made illness since World War II. Beginning with a description of the U.S. anthrax bioterrorism attacks of 2001, the story goes back in time to the earlist hint of the disease, the 5th and 6th plagues of Moses. Several epidemics are then described where anthrax was the putative cause, (e.g. , the Plague of Athens in 430 B.C. and Woolsorter's Disease in England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries), arriving at the modern era, when anthrax and other pathogens were studied and used as weapons of mass destruction by several nations, including Japan, Russia and the U.S.The story concludes where it began, with a description of how the U.S. has prepared itself -- or not -- for a future bioterrorist attack. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars INteresting but shallow!
Spores, Plagues and History: The Story of Anthrax, by Chris Holmes, M.D. is basically the history of the discovery of anthrax and its roll in shaping history. Although the book is interesting, I would not consider it a good source of research information.

According to the author, anthrax could have been purposely used in a way that may have changed the course of history. For instance, there is evidence that an assassin may have may have killed Alexander the Great by infecting him with anthrax spores. Then the question becomes: How would history have changed if Alexander had lived? Who cares? There is also evidence that the great Black Death in Europe my have actually been an anthrax outbreak instead of bubonic plague. It seems that the two diseases have similar symptoms. It's an interesting stretch of the imagination, but one that's unsupported by any hard facts.

In modern times, Anthrax is a pathogen that's easily weaponized, and readily accessible as a weapon of terror. In this regard, the author discusses the twenty-four mysterious cases of anthrax infections in 2001 that resulted in five deaths.

The book was written by an M.D. and is an interesting read, albeit a mediocre source of background information for anyone seriously interested in biohazards and asymmetrical warfare.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Than You Expect
I read Dr. Holmes' "Spores, Plagues and History" after having finished his two novels, "The Medusa Strain" and "Garden of Evil."Coming to "Spores" from two fiction pieces, I expected an informative, but probably academic treatment of the subject.To my surprise, I found the book to be highly readable and captivating.It held my interest more than I had expected.

Dr. Holmes launches us into the subject and makes it relevant to today by looking at the anthrax breakouts in the US after 9/11.From this starting point, he traces the history of anthrax from early Greek times to the present, but takes in much more than just the medical side.He leads us through areas of military history, sociology, biological research and bio-weaponry.Most riveting are the disclosures of activities related to chemical and biological warfare in the 20th century - including activities undertaken by elements of the US government.

I rate this book as riveting as the top-tier offerings of the science-based fiction writers of today.It should appeal most to readers with wide-ranging interests.

5-0 out of 5 stars A straightforward accounting of this devastating disease
Medical epidemiologist Chris Holmes, M.D. presents Spores, Plagues, And History: The Story Of Anthrax, a straightforward accounting of this devastating disease and its effects on humanity throughout history. From "woolsorter's disease" during the Industrial Revolution, to modern-day biological weapons, and so much more, Holmes' extensively researched sources aptly traces a path in clear, no-nonsense terms that students of both World History and Medical History will greatly appreciate. A work of impeccable scholarship, Spores, Plagues, And History is very strongly recommended for academic library reference collections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book About Anthrax History - Moses Forward...
This great book about the history of anthrax covers a lot of ground in relatively few pages.The more I learn about the author, the more I realize this man knows what he is talking about. I feel calmer about anthrax after reading this book.

The author is a native of Canada, Chris Holmes, and he received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine and served in the Air Force during Vietnam. After stints in private practice and academia, he became a Navy physician and has studied extensively nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. He led the medical team aboard the USS Tripoli during the 1992 U.S. intervention in Somalia.

Captain Holmes, MC, USN (Ret.) has been studying the history of medicine for over 35 years.He is the author of two books dealing with Anthrax. He is a physician, epidemiologist, an authority on disease and bio-warfare past and present,and is arguably the world's leading authority on the history of anthrax.Dr. Holmes has taught at medical schools, has published many scholarly articles, and is certified in submarine and diving medicine with the U.S. Navy, just to survey some of his extraordinary experience.

His Op-Ed's have appeared in newspapers from San Diego to Tennessee, and he has been interviewed on radio talk-shows from San Francisco to Boston.Dr. Holmes has also appeared on Fox News with Mr. John Gibson, being interviewed aboutmonkeypox and infectious diseases and on XETV in San Diego, being interviewed on Fox in the Morning aboutanthrax and bioterrorism.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Doctor's Opinion
ANTHRAX! SMALLPOX! PLAGUE!Until recently, most Americans were unfamiliar with these terms or assumed they were a part of history.The October, 2001 anthrax cases catapulted this condition into the headlines and the minds of many.What are the agents and the illnesses they cause?How worried should we be and what can we do to protect ourselves?With new infectious diseases emerging and old ones resurfacing, the challenge of early detection, containment and prevention is urgent.

Dr. Chris Holmes has written a provocative, engrossing book that offers the general reader the answers to these questions.'Spores, Plagues and History' follows the trail of anthrax from prebiblical times to the present.The reader gains an appreciation for the challenge early investigators faced in responding to clusters of illness when the cause was not known.'Spores, Plagues and History' also provides a highly readable, authoritative perspective of the role other infectious agents have played in world history.

Michele Ginsberg, Chief of Community Epidemiology
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13. Anthrax: The Game
by Dwan G. Hightower
Paperback: 265 Pages (2003-08-03)
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The main character, Denise Gibson, and her colleagues realize that they are in a race against time to save their country from a crazed terrorist group or a madman set on destroying this country with the most virulent agent known to man…anthrax. Anthrax: the Game is a timely and exciting work of fiction that runs parallel to recent outbreaks in America and other countries.

Hightower’s novel revolves around the probe by a team of expert investigators, of three lethal occurrences of biological terrorism in the United States. A computer expert for Incline, a special unit of the FBI, Denise Gibson, is assigned to work on this tense investigation. As the story unfolds, Denise is thrown together with microbiologist Dr. Paul Wagner. Horrendous outbreaks spread one after another. Denise soon realizes that her partner may be involved in this sophisticated form of biological warfare.

As potent as Tom Clancy’s bestsellers, Anthrax: the Game craftily tackles the current and disturbing issue of bio-terrorism. Hightower successfully draws from her real-life experiences at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to come up with a believable and absorbing suspense thriller. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Wonderfully Complex Mystery

A bit of romance, some scientific substance, and a large quantity of mystery;these are the skillfully combined elements of Dwan Hightower's Anthrax:The Game.If you want a book that will take you away from your daily worries, this book is for you.I generally enjoy mysteries, but not those so frightening they prevent me from sleeping.Anthrax: The Game met my mystery requirements.

People in a New England town suddenly start dying of anthrax.Employees of several governmental agencies are sent to investigate the source of the poisoning.There are several subplots to Anthrax: The Game;one is current and the other is three years prior.Events three years prior bear a startling resemblance to the current events;this is yet another subplot.The reader wonders, and then learns, not only why someone was so intent on killing people, but who it was.To say much more would be to spoil the story!

This book has more than twenty chapters;at the very beginning of each chapter, the reader is told the setting of that particular chapter.Because of the complexity of the subplots in Anthrax: The Game, this information was really nice to have for context purposes.A glance at the cover lets the reader know that they're going to be reading about a scientific subject.Ms. Hightower has researched her subject matter well, although I have to hope some of the information in the book can't be true.Unfortunately, in today's world, it probably is all too accurate.

This book is a riveting mystery, with a lesson we all need to learn from time to time.Quite simply, that lesson is that when we are in those situations in which we're faced with a problem, we need to step back, think about other parts of our life, do something relaxing to clear our heads, and often the answer comes to light.

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14. Analyzing The Anthrax Attacks
by Edward G. Lake
Paperback: 272 Pages (2005-03-01)
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How could so many people be so wrong about the anthrax attacks of 2001?This book explains how.

Using published scientific data confirmed via one-on-one discussions with America's top anthrax experts, this book shows that simple laboratory mistakes made in the first days of the investigation were leaked to the media before they could be corrected and led to wild conspiracy theories which dominated discussion of the case for the next three years.Totally erroneous information has been accepted as "fact", and attempts to correct the errors have become accepted as attempts to cover up a conspiracy.

The book shows example after example of how a careful examination of the available evidence totally disproves popular misconceptions about the case.Plus, errors by the CDC, the FBI, the New York Department of Health, and other govenment agencies have never been publicly corrected and continue to mislead people.

The book provides a careful scientific analysis of the anthrax attacks of 2001.Details about the letters and envelopes are carefully examined.The nature of the anthrax and how it was handled are carefully studied.Bad information is traced to its source, and the effect of the errors are carefully documented step by step. The book lays out detail by detail, fact by fact, as it builds a description of events that is totally at odds with the way the case has been depicted in the media today.

Filled with fascinating details which often boggle the mind, the book is intended to make the reader reconsider all prior thinking about the case.

The book concludes that it is an absolute certainty that the person behind the anthrax attacks of 2001 will be more easily brought to justice if the scientific evidence is carefully examined by more people in the scientific community, instead of simply relying upon rumor, speculation, innuendo and baseless conspiracy theories, as has been the situation to date. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible! Avoid at all costs!
Edward Lake's Analyzing The Anthrax Attacks is the worst book I have ever voluntarily read. [...] Beginning with the absurd, rambling explanation for writing the book, every page reveals such rich ineptitude in thinking and writing that its 250 or so pages feel endless.


Readers of the book are subjected to a bizarre self-ego-gratification trip by the author in which he makes the ridiculous claim that thousands of FBI agents, reporters, journalists, medical doctors and scientists all made repeated errors in the case. [...] However, other than endlessly repeating that there is some undisclosed conspiracy belief at work amongst the media, military and medical profession, he offers absolutely nothing to advance the case.

For some reason or another, Mr. Lake seems to persistently hold onto the belief that a major breakthrough in the anthrax case is always right around the corner. I expect that ten years from now he'll probably be last guy on the face of the earth who still believes that an actual arrest is just a few weeks away.

This book is a vanity publication. The author himself paid a publisher to print and bind his offering, thus the editorial standards are zero.

There's nothing worthwhile here that you can't learn for free simply by perusing the www.anthraxinvestigation.com website. The next time you go to Vegas you can take the money you saved, go to the roulette table, and put the money on number Zero, which is the actual number of stars the book really deserves.

Don't waste your time reading this confused drivel and don't make the mistake of buying a copy.

1-0 out of 5 stars an interminable mega-bore
If I had to live my life all over again I'd do it all exactly the same, only I wouldn't read Edward Lake's "Analyzing The Anthrax Attacks".

This book brings a new meaning to the word awful. Reading a book you cannot abide but have forced yourself to read because of your interest in the topic can make you feel as though you're chained to a madman or dining with a monster of solipsistic preciousness. The book has bascially two parts- one part is the ranting pretension of the author - the other is his fuming incomprehension.

I forced myself to the end, hoping there would be something new concerning the anthrax case - anything. It was an exercise in futility on my part, much as it was an exercise in futility in the writing of this work of nonsense.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lake's book is fascinating
I think Ed Lake's "Analyzing the Anthrax Attacks" is a must-read for anyone interested in the unsolved anthrax terrorist attacks of 2001.It's thoughtful, intensely and passionately researched and argued, and intelligently probing about the mysterious events.Lake brings a wealth of detailed factual knowledge to his acccount.He comes to provocative conclusions that not everyone will agree with.He is critical of the media and of scientists for speculating too much--and he occasionally takes issue with my book, The Demon in the Freezer--but, hey, so what?We in the media ought to be able to handle criticism just the way we dish it out.I think Lake's thought and work deserve to be taken seriously.We can only hope that one day this horrendous crime will be solved and the perpetrator or perpetrators brought to justice.Lake's book should serve to remind federal authorities, and all of us, that there has so far been no justice delivered for the lives of ordinary people lost in this heinous act of terrorism.

1-0 out of 5 stars The anthrax letters - not worth reading
This book is really awful [...]

This was the second book I had read on the anthrax letters. The first one I read was by Marilyn Thompson. Thompson's book is in a different league than the one by Lake. Thompson has real sources and you can tell that she researched the subject thoroughly. I think Lake made most of his analysis up and he seems to have a hidden agenda of some kind. His writing style is particularly awful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best written review of a complex investigation
Highly recommended for anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of the complex investigation into the Anthrax attacks of 2001. Ed Lakes does a yeoman's job in compiling all that can be known about the investigation from hundreds of open source documents.

Mr. Lake also presents a working hypothesis of who the criminal(s) behind the attacks might be. His theory relies almost entirely on media reports and scientific discussion of the case, rather than the type of wild speculation others often resort to. You might disagree with his conclusions, but you'll find them difficult to debate without straying from the confines of what is really known about the case.

This book will also be fascinatingto anyone who is interested in the new breed of journalism evolving from the web. Ed Lake is part blogger, part amateur sleuth, and part journalist.

His methods ofen involve combing through hundreds of open source articles about part of the case, looking for unique quotes, local angles, or other under-reported details. Then he combines those details to infer things that the mainstream media might have missed. It's a textbook for the new journalist, and should be required reading for researchers.

Also unique is that Mr. Lake gives permission for his critics to say, "I told you so", if his theory about the case is later proven wrong. You may disagree with his hypothesis, but it's hard to argue with his passion for the case.

An insightful book into one of the most important criminal cases in American History. ... Read more

15. 2008 Essential Guide to the Amerithrax Investigation, Department of Justice and FBI Evidence Against Dr. Bruce Edwards Ivins for the Anthrax Bioterrorism Attacks in 2001 (Ringbound)
by U.S. Government
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This ringbound book presents a thorough reproduction of the court documents and evidence released by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI about Dr. Bruce Edwards Ivins, suspected of perpetrating the anthrax attacks in 2001.In presenting these documents in August 2008, Jeff Taylor, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, stated: "These search warrants confirm that the government was investigating Dr. Ivins in connection with the attacks, which killed five individuals and injured 17 others in 2001. Dr. Ivins was a resident of Frederick, Maryland, and a long-time anthrax researcher who worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, known as USAMRIID. Dr. Ivins died of an overdose on July 29, 2008, and, at the time of his death, was the sole suspect in the case. Our investigation had begun to shift to a particular laboratory at USAMRIID in 2005 and began to focus on Dr. Ivins as a suspect in 2007. In the weeks prior to his death, we had been in conversations with his attorneys regarding the direction of the investigation because we believed that based on the evidence we had collected, we could prove his guilt to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. Based upon the totality of the evidence we had gathered against him, we are confident that Dr. Ivins was the only person responsible for these attacks... for these attacks... We were able to identify in early 2005 the genetically-unique parent material of the anthrax spores used in the mailings. As the court documents allege, the parent material of the anthrax spores used in the attacks was a single flask of spores, known as "RMR-1029," that was created and solely maintained by Dr. Ivins at USAMRIID. This means that the spores used in the attacks were taken from that specific flask, regrown, purified, dried and loaded into the letters. No one received material from that flask without going through Dr. Ivins. We thoroughly investigated every other person who could have had access to the flask and we were able to rule out all but Dr. Ivins. As a renowned expert in the production and purification of anthrax spores, Dr. Ivins was one of a handful of scientists with the capability to create spores of the concentration and purity used in the attacks."Our news and educational titles are privately compiled collections of official public domain U.S. government files and documents - they are not produced by the federal government. They are designed to provide a convenient user-friendly reference work and educational tool. ... Read more

16. Anthrax Conspiracy
by Durwood White
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Dr. Robert Crusso discovers anthrax in a routine meat sample from Brazil.A ninja torches the lab with Crusso bound and gagged in a roaring inferno.He manages to escape and whizzes off to the hospital into the adept hands of shapely ER nurse, Jenny Lynn Bateman.Emotions stir a burgeoning romance.But the unsuspecting couple plunges headlong into a traumatic conspiracy of terror and mystery - the biowar of the century. ... Read more

17. Anthrax a Deadly Shot in the Dark: Unmasking the Truth Behind a Hazardous Vaccine
by Thomas S. Heemstra
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5-0 out of 5 stars American Tragedy
Its all there, all the proof that the vaccine is nothing short of a disaster. Government denials, which are shallow arguments , outright made up "facts, and misleading statements. The usual system of, attack the victim's credibilty, smear campaigns are shown here. This is no way to treat the patriots who defend the country. The whole thing has the same government disinformation scheme as with the Agent Orange debacle. A must read for anyone who has had the anthrax vaccine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Integrity: The shot our military truly needs
Thomas S. Heemstra (LTC,INANG,retired), did what he was trained to do...used his integrity to take care of those under his command. His intensive research on the military's Anthrax Vaccine Immuniztion Program (AVIP) results in termination of his military career, not in his concern for the truth.

One would ask, how can this happen to an Air Force Academy "ring-knocker"? The answer is as complicated, yet as simple as the information on the anthrax vaccine. Follow the paper trail to find out WHY there was high-level support for AVIP. Pay close attention to the civilian medical research. Imagine a family member affected by the anthrax vaccine. One should reach an identical conclusion to mine. The AVIP is BAD medicine. Today's high tech military needs a shot of the same old fashioned integrity Heemstra displays. An informative book for the truly concerned. ... Read more

18. Recognizing And Treating Exposure To Anthrax, Smallpox, Nerve Gas, Radiation, And Other Likely Agents Of Terrorist Attack
by Matt Bolinger
Paperback: 103 Pages (2004-05-01)
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Asin: 1581604424
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This easy-to-follow book offers descriptions of 29 likely toxins, viruses, gases and other agents that could be used by terrorists; the symptoms these substances produce; treatment options and ways to prevent exposure. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars In depth
For somenoe searching for information on biological and chemical agents, this book efficiently informs the reader.I feel much more secure with my new found knowledge.Well written.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yawn!!!
What a boring book.Most all of this information can be found on the internet for free.This book is just another example of the hysteria imposed on citizens of this country.We will likely never be exposed to these agents and are probably more likely to die in our sleep from boredom due to reading this book!

3-0 out of 5 stars informative but not a do it yourself at home book
I got this book because I was curious about the symptoms of exposure to the various agents listed and interested in treatment of a victim.
For your money you get descriptions of 27 different things you really do not want to get exposed to, symptoms, treatment and prevention are also mentioned. Drugs and dosages for each subject are listed (most of this stuff the private citizen can't get ahold of anywhere, some of it would be hard for most Doctors to find.), some of it is administered by injection, some orally and some by intravenous drip.
There are pretty extensive reference lists at the end of each chapter (John Q. Public won't have any access to most of it)and Q&A tests for the reader.
Not really suited for the average person but aimed at trained medical people. ... Read more

19. Bacillus anthracis and Anthrax
by Nicholas H. Bergman
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2010-12-07)
list price: US$129.95 -- used & new: US$103.96
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Asin: 0470410116
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The study of Bacillus Anthracis remains at the forefront of microbiology research because of its potential use as a bioterror agent and its role in shaping our understanding of bacterial pathogenesis and innate immunity. Bacillus Anthracis and Anthrax provides a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the organism, ranging from basic biology to public health issues associated with anthrax. This book will be a premier reference for B. Anthracis and anthrax to microbiologists, medical and public health professionals, bioterror research and preparedness, immunologists, and physiologists. ... Read more

20. Anthrax (Diseases and Disorders)
by Barbara Saffer
Hardcover: 112 Pages (2004-03-19)
list price: US$33.45 -- used & new: US$16.99
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Asin: 159018405X
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