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Main Title Avoiding armageddon : our future, our choice : companion to the PBS series from Ted Turner Documentaries /
Author Schram, Martin.
Publisher Basic Books,
Year Published 2003
OCLC Number 51752777
ISBN 0465072550 (alk. paper); 9780465072552 (alk. paper)
Subjects Nuclear nonproliferation ; Biological arms control ; Chemical arms control ; Terrorism ; Kernwaffe ; Militèarische Bedrohung ; Chemische Waffe ; Bedrohung ; Biologische Waffe ; Terrorismus
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ELBM  JZ5675.S37 2003 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 02/19/2013
Collation xi, 356 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-338) and index.
Contents Notes
Part 1. Reversing the nuclear race : sprinting again terrorists, tempers and time. Chap. 1. Nuclear thieves -- Chap. 2. Nuclear nightmares -- Chap. 3. A proliferator's history of nuclear proliferation : naïveté and greed -- Chap. 4. South Asia's nuclear crisis : how "atoms for peace" became "atoms for war" -- Chap. 5. Nuclear wasteland -- Chap. 6. Today's nuclear solutions : the birth of a nation: securing an old enemy's weapons -- Chap. 7. Just minutes to decide -- Chap. 8. Future nuclear solutions : buying time -- Part 2. Zeroing in on silent killers : the urgent unmaking of a century of chemical and biological arsenals. Chap. 9. The horror of Halabja -- Chap. 10. When history blinked : a tale of chemical weapons bans, loopholes and belated resolve -- Chap. 11. Terror in Tokyo -- Chap. 12. Secret sprayings : U.S. gas experiments used cities, schoolkids and sailors -- Chap. 13. Chemical crisis and response : a challenge of destruction -- Chap. 14. East meets west : germ warfare's historic twists and turns -- Chap. 15. Russian bio-shock : Soviet secrets dumbfound U.S. intelligence -- Chap. 16. Threats : bio-terrorism USA: a few grams fill a nation with fear -- Part 3. Terror : how mass murder became an almighty act. Chap. 17. On the fly with Osama -- Chap. 18. Terrorism through the ages : evolution and revolution -- Chap. 19. Suicide bombers : what makes them tick -- Part 4. Toward feeling safe again. Chap. 20. Securing homelands -- Chap. 21. Nation-building for tomorrow's national security -- Chap. 22. Combating AIDS as a national security crisis -- Chap. 23. Toward a global Marshall Plan -- Chap. 24. Nuclear future : can we get down to zero? -- Chap. 25. What leaders and citizens can do. A deadly combination of shortsighted mistakes by Western governments, chaos in the former Soviet Union, and virulent international terrorism has succeeded in making us far more vulnerable than many would like to admit. Published in conjunction with the eight-hour PBS series this book focuses our attention like never before on threats posed by terrorism and unsecured weapons of mass destruction. It delves into an exploration of those who endanger our national interest, the forms their threat might take, and what can be done to avert the kinds of disasters likely to ensue. Drawing on numerous interviews with world leaders, experts, former terrorist and would-be nuclear thieves, the author explains how and why biological, chemical, and nuclear warfare may very well be our next nightmare.