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A Higher Form Of Killing

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A Higher Form of Killing was first published to great acclaim in 1982. The authors have written a new Introduction and a new Epilogue to take account of the events that have happened since the early 1980s - including the break-up of the former Soviet Union and the black market that appeared in chemical and biological weapons, the acquisition of these weapons by various Third World states, the attempts of various countries like Iraq to build up arsenals of these weapons and, most recently, the use of these weapons in terrorist attacks. As the authors point out, the two generations since the Second World War lived with the threat of nuclear annihilation. Now a new generation must learn to live with weapons that are more insidious and potentially more devastating.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 236g
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0099441594
  • 9780099441595
  • 542,705

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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 *show more

About Jeremy Paxman

Robert Harris is the bestselling author of FATHERLAND, ENIGMA and ARCHANGEL. He is also a respected journalist. Jeremy Paxman is the author of the bestselling book THE ENGLISH. He is a regular radio and TV presenter, most notably for Newsnight. Robert Harris and Jeremy Paxman initially worked together on this book when they were both reporters for Panoramashow more

Back cover copy

The proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is the greatest threat the world faces today. Far easier to make than nuclear bombs, their effects are scarcely less devastating. And many of the world's most dangerous regimes - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and North Korea - either possess them, or are trying to get hold of them. In the hands of terrorists, they could kill thousands, or even millions. Updated in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this classic account of the history of chemical and biological warfare, by two of Britain's leading journalists, spans almost a century of horror, from the mustard gas and germ weapons built up by Saddam Hussein.show more

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"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."show more

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