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Turning Points in Military History
William R. Weir
0806526270
Mar 2005
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Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World Told
Ken W. Alibek
0385334966
January 1999
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Book Review
In this fast-paced memoir, Ken Alibek combines cutting-edge science with the narrative techniques of a thriller to describe some of the most awful weapons imaginable. The result will remind readers of The Hot Zone, Richard Preston's smart bestseller about the Ebola virus. That book focuses on the dangers of a freak accident; Biohazard shows how disease can become a deliberate tool of war. Alibek, once a top scientist in the Soviet Union's biological weapons program, describes putting anthrax on a warhead and targeting a city on the other side of the world. "A hundred kilograms of anthrax spores would, in optimal atmospheric conditions, kill up to three million people in any of the densely populated metropolitan areas of the United States," he writes. "A single SS-18 [missile] could wipe out the population of a city as large...


Making Of The Atomic Bomb
Richard Rhodes
0684813785
August 1995
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Book Review
If the first 270 pages of this book had been published separately, they would have made up a lively, insightful, beautifully written history of theoretical physics and the men and women who plumbed the mysteries of the atom. Along with the following 600 pages, they become a sweeping epic, filled with terror and pity, of the ultimate scientific quest: the development of the ultimate weapon. Rhodes is a peerless explainer of difficult concepts; he is even better at chronicling the personalities who made the discoveries that led to the Bomb. Niels Bohr dominates the first half of the book as J. Robert Oppenheimer does the second; both men were gifted philosophers of science as well as brilliant physicists. The central irony of this book, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, is that the greatest minds of the century...


Ancient Greece
Don Nardo
1590180046
July 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10-The history of how the Greeks waged war from the Bronze Age until their conquest by the Romans is presented in a clear, concise text. From chariot warfare through hoplites and phalanxes to the military strategy of Alexander, the author shows their various fighting techniques. Information on naval warfare is also included. Nardo's writing is supported by several quotes from ancient sources and modern scholars; some lengthy quotes are included as sidebars. The frequent black-and-white illustrations include pictures of ancient and modern art, maps, and battle diagrams and are of average quality. The bibliography is divided by major works consulted, modern and ancient sources, and additional works consulted. The list for further reading is annotated. A useful resource.Lynda S. Poling, Long Beach...


Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War
Judith Miller
0641670982

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Ancient Egypt
Lucent Books
1590180666
Aug 2002
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Review
Library Media Connection : "Well written and full of interesting information with plenty of illustrations. Recommended."
-- Library Media Connection (March 2003)

Book Description
For more than two thousand years ancient Egypt was one of the world?s great powers, able to field large, well-equipped armies and conquer neighboring lands. Covered here are the weapons and battle tactics that helped the Egyptians rise to greatness, including the war chariot and composite bow, highlights of pivotal battles, and an analysis of why the Egyptian military declined.


The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare
Geoffrey Parker (Editor)
0521794315
January 1995
Textbook Paperback
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From Library Journal
Highly polished and well illustrated, this book is a comprehensive history of the Western (European) way of war, spanning ancient Greece to today's modern methods and policies of destruction. Parker and six prominent American and British scholars contribute 17 chapters to this detailed study of war. Parker's effort explores the history of Western war through strategy and policy; tactics and logistics; finances and culture; weapons and fortifications; air, land and naval battle; and conventional and civil war. The text is superbly supported by numerous and handy sidebars providing details, insights, and anecdotes. Supplementing the text are a reference guide containing a rather subjective chronology of warfare, a pedestrian and slightly inaccurate glossary, and a marvelously described annotated bibliography....


Ancient Rome
Don Nardo
1590180674
Oct 2002
Hardcover
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Review
Library Media Connection : "Well written and full of interesting information with plenty of illustrations. Recommended."
-- Library Media Connection (March 2003)

Book Description
Rome rose from a small, backward Italian city-state to a mighty empire encompassing the entire Mediterranean world. Integral to this process was the Roman army, which became a well-oiled machine that rolled over and crushed enemy after enemy. An expert on ancient Rome here traces the evolution of the Roman military -- including its weapons, armor, strategies, and tactics -- over Rome's phenomenal twelve-hundred-year life span.


The Civil War
Lucent Books
1590180682
Dec 2002
Hardcover
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Review
Library Media Connection : "Well written and full of interesting information with plenty of illustrations. Recommended."
-- Library Media Connection (March 2003)

Book Description
The epic, bloody struggle of the American Civil War witnessed the use of all the lethal tools of warfare then in existence. In a clearly written, well-documented narrative, this volume explores hand-held firearms, artillery, infantry and cavalry tactics, naval warfare, espionage and terror, and the effectiveness of the strategies of the two sides.

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The Al Qaeda Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime, and the Coming Apocalpse
Paul L. Williams
1591023491
September 2005
Hardcover
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Paul R. Schiffer - Radio talkshow host,
"The Al Qaeda Connection goes far beyond [Osama's Revenge] in detailing the global reach of the terror cells."

James E. Beasley Jr., M.D., Esq. whose practice involves international terrorism litigation on behalf of 9/11 victims.
"...an important read which not only the public, but more importantly, our politicians should read and understand..."

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The Middle Ages
Don Nardo
1590180690
Oct 2002
Hardcover
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Review
Library Media Connection : "Well written and full of interesting information with plenty of illustrations. Recommended."
-- Library Media Connection (March 2003)

Book Description
The colorful, chaotic, and deadly warfare of the medieval era comes to life in this information-packed volume. Armored knights, massed archers armed with crossbows and longbows, sieges of castles using scaling adders and catapults, phalanxes of pikemen, early cannons and hand-held guns -- all are explored in detail, with frequent quotes by contemporary sources and modern scholars.


Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea
Jeffrey T. Richelson
0393053830
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archive and author of several books on American intelligence including The Wizards of Langley, has written an authoritative and definitive account of U.S. nuclear espionage from the earliest days of atomic research in WWII to the present. Drawing on prodigious research—including newly declassified material—Richelson details the efforts of the U.S. intelligence community to track the nuclear activities of other states. The results of all this spy craft were at best uneven. With abundant technology—aerial reconnaissance, signals intercepts, seismic detection—but few human intelligence resources (HUMINT), the U.S. was consistently surprised by nuclear events in the Soviet Union, China, India and elsewhere. And we're still...


War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Quaeda
Jonathan B. Tucker
0375422293
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
According to arms control expert Tucker, chemical weapons—and efforts to ban them—are almost as old as war itself. The ancient Greeks and Romans tried to outlaw poison, and in 1675 the French and German empires signed a treaty that outlawed poisoned bullets. By WWI, the "futile slaughter of trench warfare" made toxic gases more attractive to the German High Command—and then everybody else. Fear of reprisal precluded the use of nerve agents in WWII battlefields, but the Nazis found Zyklon B, an insecticide, to be an effective instrument of death in their gas chambers. In the 1950s and '60s, virtually every major power was developing and testing chemical weapons, and this deadly technology was often granted to client states: Egypt used nerve agents in its 1962 war against Yemen, and Iraq...


The Native Americans
Don Nardo
1590180704
Oct 2002
Hardcover
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Review
Library Media Connection : "Well written and full of interesting information with plenty of illustrations. Recommended."
-- Library Media Connection (March 2003)

Book Description
This informative and moving volume examines traditional Indian weapons and battle tactics, as well as those they borrowed from the whites. Among the topics covered: offensive and defensive weapons, the introduction of the horse and how it transformed plains warfare, wars between Indians and Indians, wars between Indians and whites, and the Indians' final, desperate weapon -- the Ghost Dance.


The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story
Richard Preston
0345466632
August 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
On December 9, 1979, smallpox, the most deadly human virus, ceased to exist in nature. After eradication, it was confined to freezers located in just two places on earth: the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and the Maximum Containment Laboratory in Siberia. But these final samples were not destroyed at that time, and now secret stockpiles of smallpox surely exist. For example, since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the subsequent end of its biological weapons program, a sizeable amount of the former Soviet Union's smallpox stockpile remains unaccounted for, leading to fears that the virus has fallen into the hands of nations or terrorist groups willing to use it as a weapon. Scarier yet, some may even be trying to develop a strain that is resistant to vaccines. This disturbing reality is the focus of this...


The American Revolution
Don Nardo
1590183266
Feb 2003
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Review
Library Media Connection : "Well written and full of interesting information with plenty of illustrations. Recommended."
-- Library Media Connection (March 2003)

Book Description
The American Revolution was a David-and-Goliath-like struggle that pitted the American colonies against the strongest empire on Earth. Key to the conflict were the weapons and tactics used by both sides, including muskets, rifles, bayonets and other bladed weapons, and cannons. Other crucial factors covered in this enlightening volume are battle tactics, naval warfare, and espionage.

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The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century
Thomas X. Hammes
0760320594
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Hammes is a career Marine Corps officer, and with this selection, he argues that the U.S. has adapted poorly in response to the new generation of guerrilla warfare. Fourth-generation warfare, as Hammes calls it, is what American forces encounter in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israelis find in Palestine, and it is the way of the future: guerrilla warfare characterized by political acumen and patience, using communications networks and strategic strikes to demoralize and exhaust conventionally superior militaries. For many military strategists, including those presently running the Defense Department, this new world order amounts to a call to newfangled technological arms, but for Hammes, smart bombs and spy drones are not the answer. The solution is to study our enemies as they have studied us and build a networked, flexible,...


Ancient and Medieval Siege Weapons: A Fully Illustrated Guide to Siege Weapons and Tactics
Konstantin Nossov
1592287107
December 2005
Hardcover
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From the Back Cover
There is something alluring about ancient methods of warfare that have been made obsolete by this modern era of computers and machines. Before the days of tanks and machine guns, there were scaling ladders, battering rams, siege towers, throwing machines, bores, and catapults. Weapons such as these symbolize power, protection, control, and defiance.
In the centuries when siege warfare was employed, dominance by any group over a certain area was dependent upon their control over the land. To completely subdue an occupied territory one had to seize every fortress and castle in it. During the medieval period significant advancements were made in siege warfare, weapons, tactics, and stratagems.
In Ancient and Medieval Siege Weapons, author Konstantin Nossov covers the development of all types of weapons that were...

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