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A mine of information about all but the author
am 2. Februar 2000
This book is a fascinating account of the development of the Soviet Union's bioweapons program, but it focuses too closely on the development of the viruses, bacteria and toxins involved, and the office politics of the author's organization - but does not give enough information on why the Kremlin though spending billions of roubles on their development was worthwhile, given the risks of detection and their doubtful strategic advantage over nuclear weapons. Also, more space should have been devoted background detail about the author, the formation of his character before joining the army, and how he rationalized what he, a doctor, was doing. He took an oath to protect life, and then plunged into work that was the antithesis of what he had sworn. A little more detail about his current work in the United States would also have been interesting.