Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It

Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It[KINDLE] ✾ Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It By Ken Alibek – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Anthrax Smallpox Incurable and horrifying Ebolarelated fevers For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing fie Anthrax Smallpox Incurable Chilling True PDF º and horrifying Ebolarelated fevers For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing field: a bleak tract sown with powerful seeds of mass destruction—by doctors who had committed themselves to creating a biological Armageddon Biohazard is the neverbeforetold story of Russia’s darkest, deadliest, and most closely guarded Cold War secret   No one knows about Russia’s astounding experiments with biowarfare than Ken Alibek Now the mastermind behind Russia’s Biohazard: The PDF \ germ warfare effort reveals two decades of shocking breakthroughshow Moscow’s leading scientists actually reengineered hazardous microbes to make them even virulentthe secrets behind the discovery of an invisible, untraceable new class of biological agents just right for use in political assassinationsthe startling story behind Russia’s attempt to turn a sample of the AIDS virus into the ultimate bioweapon And in a chilling work of realworld intrigue, Biohazard offers us all a rare glimpse into a shadowy scientific underworld where doctors manufacture mass destruction, where witnesses to The Chilling True PDF Å errors are silenced forever, and where ground zero is closer than we ever dared believe. I would estimate that I accept about 80% of what Kanatjan Alibekov describes in this book as truthful and factual. The most frightening aspects about the horrible pathogens he helped develop in the Soviet Union's bioweapons program are in fact quite believable. What I don't quite accept are Alibekov's explanations for his involvement in the program.

He suggests that he initially had misgivings about developing biological weapons at the start of his career. He quickly forgot those concerns out of a sense of patriotism toward the Soviet Union, and the fact that only weapons-related scientific research was well funded in the cold war-era USSR. That I can understand, however I don't quite believe his assertion that before emigrating to the United States, he rediscovered the medical oath he had betrayed for decades. It's apparent that he only considered leaving Biopreparat when it appeared the program was going to be exposed to international condemnation, and he only considered leaving Russia when his own personal safety and job security were threatened. I don't believe that he took these actions entirely based on an idealistic notion of self sacrifice to a greater good.

In addition, Alibekov distinctly under-emphasizes the United States' involvement in bioweapons research. This would be completely understandable assuming that he considers the US to be his new benefactors. The sense of purity and transparency he attributes to the United States sounds more than a little suspicious given his perspective. Required reading for any person living on this planet that breathes.

This is one of those extremely rare books that I will be recommending as a MUST READ book to every person who ever asks me
What book would you recommend be on EVERY person's reading list? If I could give it a gazillion stars, I would! Yes, it's that well written. This book will scare the livin' daylights out of you. For anyone living under the illusion that the world is a super safe place and that our governments are doing everything they can to keep us safe. This book will open your eyes to the reality of the real world.

Biohazard truly is a chilling TRUE tale of one man's life in the USSR who tells how he headed up the biological weapons program to kill off every person on the planet.. to kill off every plant that might grow.. to just kill. The diseases that they spliced together will leave me with nightmares for the rest of my life. The end is near.. and it will only take one madman or disaster to open this genie's bottle.

A MUST READ. A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR EVERY BOOK SHELF IN THE WORLD! Very exciting and very effective fear-mongering, but by page 5 my BS meter was clanging. Few reviewers here stop to consider that this man betrayed his employer, betrayed his nation and had all sorts of reasons to lie beyond the bare fact that turncoats are liars by definition. A book is a product, remember, even a nonfiction book. And this book is trying to sell us something, at least an idea
and maybe more.

Let's say there was a 50-facility bioweapons program in the USSR. Let's say this man worked there. Let's even say he is everything he claims himself to be, as important, as knowledgeable, as connected. Let's say that indeed he left the Soviet Union because of a crisis of conscience and not to simply save his butt. If you believe all that, would you believe that the United States intelligence community would allow him to write a book that told all? Or might they have another agenda, too? Is it possible all this was as invented by the US government as Iraq's WMDs?

That so few reviewers brought this critical consciousness to the book worries me, but alas doesn't shock me. What I did after my BS meter started clanging at me was to Google reliable journalistic sources regarding this man. The most extensive critique of his errors, misunderstandings of simple science, and profiteering off this fear mongering was done by the Los Angeles Times. It is easy to find. By the end of reading that, I had something much nearer the truth, I thought.

Read that first and then read this for its entertaining Hollywood movie alarmist story, but please engage your critical consciousness first before letting it change any of your behaviors. And whatever the USSR was doing, of course the US was doing too. Let's not be totally naive! An accidental release of our own smallpox germs is probably more likely than ICBMs raining down the plague on us, and purposeful bioweapons tests on our own people is well documented.

Take it to be utter fiction, like a vampire novel, and enjoy it at that level. The world can be a scary place and this book definitely supports that idea. We've heard a lot about chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction; here is the book that tells you all about what Russia (Soviet Union) was experimenting with throughout the 80s and 90s. It's terrifying because it wasn't that long ago that they were amassing a ridiculous amount of biochemical weapons. With the eventual break down of the Soviet Union, scientists were without jobs and income and left (or were recruited) to work in other regions of the world (Syria, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Cuba.. to name a few). It's not surprising that other regions have since become rising threats. This was a very interesting (but also scary) first hand account of the political and scientific events in the Soviet Union that have had a great impact on the world today. Granted this book was published in 1999 so it is a little overwhelming to think about how much worse it probably is now. To be clear from the start, the book was written in late 1998. The Nook version of it claimed to be published in March, 2014, but the author obviously finished this book in 1998, based on his predictions for 1999. That being said, the book dealt with the early career of Ken Alibek (the American name of the Soviet scientist Kanatjan Alibekov) while he was still a scientist employed in the bioweapons program of the Soviet Union, so even though the book was published in the late '90s, it still fulfills its purpose.
This book combines several of my favorite topics - history, military, espionage, and secret warfare. For this reason, I thoroughly enjoyed the book for the incredible amount of information it contained. Obviously, the topics I mentioned aren't known to be incredibly high octane, so don't expect the kind of action in a Tom Clancy novel that would cover the same topics. However, this book illustrates how truth is stranger than fiction and how truth can also maintain a fast pace of reading. The author wrote this book as an autobiography and does a good job at maintaining an interesting and readable style. I was able to read this book as fast as (or faster than) some novels.
All told, I would recommend this book for anyone interested in Soviet history, bioweapons, and/or anti-terrorism. As I mentioned, though the material is about 15 yrs. old, it is still relevant and interesting. This is an interesting, fast-paced read. The style is conversational, and it avoids being too technical. Every once in a while, it starts getting bogged down by political organizational details and maneuverings. Then he throws in more details about some super weapon they were working on, and the pace picks back up.
Is it chilling? Yes, I shouldn’t have read that last chapter just before going to bed.
Do I believe it? I don’t know. I don’t have the scientific background to know if the science he includes is accurate. I’m not sure there is any way for us to know for sure the accuracy of the political side of all of this. How much do you believe the personal account of a man who spent his whole life directing a bioweapons program? He claims to have switched sides, but it’s hard to not think it was a rather self-serving decision. His program had been outed by another defector, the Soviet Union was crumbling, Yeltsin wasn’t backing them, the money was drying up, and he found out how much American scientist make per year. I just don’t know what to believe. So three stars for a well-written book that I'm not sure I believe.
It was interesting though, and very clean. I remember only one curse word.
Alibek uncovers the world of the USSR bioengineering and production of deadly weapons used in biowarfare. During the Cold War, during the reckoning of weapons of mass destruction, Former Soviet Union took an extreme interest in not only nuclear weaponry, but biological, and Alibek gives a detailed account about the horrifyingly real world he walked through. There is not a doubt in my mind that everything here happened. USSR backed out of treaties with the UN to implement their plans on biowarfare. Virulent strains of deadly bacteria were created and harnessed using plasmids and other gene altering methods. To think that that all of our advances in GMO's and vaccinations started with mankind's desires to kill each other with weapons of mass destruction seems disturbingly realistic after reading this book. I've personally mutated the genetic material of numerous organisms and know that Alibek's account is tangible. I urge those who thinks the Soviet's involvement in biological weapons as fraudulent to read this book. Biohazard was one of those books that you wished was fiction. Who better to tell the true account of the Soviet Bio-Weapons program than the man who ran it?

This awesome book not only explains the history of the Soviet Union, their disgraceful weapons program, but also a change of heart if the man behind it.

Sworn to do no harm Alibekov quickly betrays this oath as a patriot without morals. As the Soviet Empire collapses around him, he is forced to rethink the diabolical program that he was so proud of.

The morals of the story are endless as you hear about the dangers and waste of big government, blind patriotism, and socialism. The grim world of the Cold War is told perfectly in this book.
This book is enjoyable, but I have some minor doubts in author's sincerity. He was interested in overstating the danger of Russian bioweapons projects; while the program was undoubtedly existing and active, some of the numbers (like a billion dollars per year budget in 1990) are somewhat hard to believe.

Still, I loved the account. Pretty shocking.

Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert
    This guide aims to show you how to download behind Russia’s attempt to turn a sample of the AIDS virus into the ultimate bioweapon And in a chilling work of realworld intrigue, Biohazard offers us all a rare glimpse into a shadowy scientific underworld where doctors manufacture mass destruction, where witnesses to The Chilling True PDF Å errors are silenced forever, and where ground zero is closer than we ever dared believe. I would estimate that I accept about 80% of what Kanatjan Alibekov describes in this book as truthful and factual. The most frightening aspects about the horrible pathogens he helped develop in the Soviet Union's bioweapons program are in fact quite believable. What I don't quite accept are Alibekov's explanations for his involvement in the program.

    He suggests that he initially had misgivings about developing biological weapons at the start of his career. He quickly forgot those concerns out of a sense of patriotism toward the Soviet Union, and the fact that only weapons-related scientific research was well funded in the cold war-era USSR. That I can understand, however I don't quite believe his assertion that before emigrating to the United States, he rediscovered the medical oath he had betrayed for decades. It's apparent that he only considered leaving Biopreparat when it appeared the program was going to be exposed to international condemnation, and he only considered leaving Russia when his own personal safety and job security were threatened. I don't believe that he took these actions entirely based on an idealistic notion of self sacrifice to a greater good.

    In addition, Alibekov distinctly under-emphasizes the United States' involvement in bioweapons research. This would be completely understandable assuming that he considers the US to be his new benefactors. The sense of purity and transparency he attributes to the United States sounds more than a little suspicious given his perspective. Required reading for any person living on this planet that breathes.

    This is one of those extremely rare books that I will be recommending as a MUST READ book to every person who ever asks me
    What book would you recommend be on EVERY person's reading list? If I could give it a gazillion stars, I would! Yes, it's that well written. This book will scare the livin' daylights out of you. For anyone living under the illusion that the world is a super safe place and that our governments are doing everything they can to keep us safe. This book will open your eyes to the reality of the real world.

    Biohazard truly is a chilling TRUE tale of one man's life in the USSR who tells how he headed up the biological weapons program to kill off every person on the planet.. to kill off every plant that might grow.. to just kill. The diseases that they spliced together will leave me with nightmares for the rest of my life. The end is near.. and it will only take one madman or disaster to open this genie's bottle.

    A MUST READ. A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR EVERY BOOK SHELF IN THE WORLD! Very exciting and very effective fear-mongering, but by page 5 my BS meter was clanging. Few reviewers here stop to consider that this man betrayed his employer, betrayed his nation and had all sorts of reasons to lie beyond the bare fact that turncoats are liars by definition. A book is a product, remember, even a nonfiction book. And this book is trying to sell us something, at least an idea
    and maybe more.

    Let's say there was a 50-facility bioweapons program in the USSR. Let's say this man worked there. Let's even say he is everything he claims himself to be, as important, as knowledgeable, as connected. Let's say that indeed he left the Soviet Union because of a crisis of conscience and not to simply save his butt. If you believe all that, would you believe that the United States intelligence community would allow him to write a book that told all? Or might they have another agenda, too? Is it possible all this was as invented by the US government as Iraq's WMDs?

    That so few reviewers brought this critical consciousness to the book worries me, but alas doesn't shock me. What I did after my BS meter started clanging at me was to Google reliable journalistic sources regarding this man. The most extensive critique of his errors, misunderstandings of simple science, and profiteering off this fear mongering was done by the Los Angeles Times. It is easy to find. By the end of reading that, I had something much nearer the truth, I thought.

    Read that first and then read this for its entertaining Hollywood movie alarmist story, but please engage your critical consciousness first before letting it change any of your behaviors. And whatever the USSR was doing, of course the US was doing too. Let's not be totally naive! An accidental release of our own smallpox germs is probably more likely than ICBMs raining down the plague on us, and purposeful bioweapons tests on our own people is well documented.

    Take it to be utter fiction, like a vampire novel, and enjoy it at that level. The world can be a scary place and this book definitely supports that idea. We've heard a lot about chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction; here is the book that tells you all about what Russia (Soviet Union) was experimenting with throughout the 80s and 90s. It's terrifying because it wasn't that long ago that they were amassing a ridiculous amount of biochemical weapons. With the eventual break down of the Soviet Union, scientists were without jobs and income and left (or were recruited) to work in other regions of the world (Syria, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Cuba.. to name a few). It's not surprising that other regions have since become rising threats. This was a very interesting (but also scary) first hand account of the political and scientific events in the Soviet Union that have had a great impact on the world today. Granted this book was published in 1999 so it is a little overwhelming to think about how much worse it probably is now. To be clear from the start, the book was written in late 1998. The Nook version of it claimed to be published in March, 2014, but the author obviously finished this book in 1998, based on his predictions for 1999. That being said, the book dealt with the early career of Ken Alibek (the American name of the Soviet scientist Kanatjan Alibekov) while he was still a scientist employed in the bioweapons program of the Soviet Union, so even though the book was published in the late '90s, it still fulfills its purpose.
    This book combines several of my favorite topics - history, military, espionage, and secret warfare. For this reason, I thoroughly enjoyed the book for the incredible amount of information it contained. Obviously, the topics I mentioned aren't known to be incredibly high octane, so don't expect the kind of action in a Tom Clancy novel that would cover the same topics. However, this book illustrates how truth is stranger than fiction and how truth can also maintain a fast pace of reading. The author wrote this book as an autobiography and does a good job at maintaining an interesting and readable style. I was able to read this book as fast as (or faster than) some novels.
    All told, I would recommend this book for anyone interested in Soviet history, bioweapons, and/or anti-terrorism. As I mentioned, though the material is about 15 yrs. old, it is still relevant and interesting. This is an interesting, fast-paced read. The style is conversational, and it avoids being too technical. Every once in a while, it starts getting bogged down by political organizational details and maneuverings. Then he throws in more details about some super weapon they were working on, and the pace picks back up.
    Is it chilling? Yes, I shouldn’t have read that last chapter just before going to bed.
    Do I believe it? I don’t know. I don’t have the scientific background to know if the science he includes is accurate. I’m not sure there is any way for us to know for sure the accuracy of the political side of all of this. How much do you believe the personal account of a man who spent his whole life directing a bioweapons program? He claims to have switched sides, but it’s hard to not think it was a rather self-serving decision. His program had been outed by another defector, the Soviet Union was crumbling, Yeltsin wasn’t backing them, the money was drying up, and he found out how much American scientist make per year. I just don’t know what to believe. So three stars for a well-written book that I'm not sure I believe.
    It was interesting though, and very clean. I remember only one curse word.
    Alibek uncovers the world of the USSR bioengineering and production of deadly weapons used in biowarfare. During the Cold War, during the reckoning of weapons of mass destruction, Former Soviet Union took an extreme interest in not only nuclear weaponry, but biological, and Alibek gives a detailed account about the horrifyingly real world he walked through. There is not a doubt in my mind that everything here happened. USSR backed out of treaties with the UN to implement their plans on biowarfare. Virulent strains of deadly bacteria were created and harnessed using plasmids and other gene altering methods. To think that that all of our advances in GMO's and vaccinations started with mankind's desires to kill each other with weapons of mass destruction seems disturbingly realistic after reading this book. I've personally mutated the genetic material of numerous organisms and know that Alibek's account is tangible. I urge those who thinks the Soviet's involvement in biological weapons as fraudulent to read this book. Biohazard was one of those books that you wished was fiction. Who better to tell the true account of the Soviet Bio-Weapons program than the man who ran it?

    This awesome book not only explains the history of the Soviet Union, their disgraceful weapons program, but also a change of heart if the man behind it.

    Sworn to do no harm Alibekov quickly betrays this oath as a patriot without morals. As the Soviet Empire collapses around him, he is forced to rethink the diabolical program that he was so proud of.

    The morals of the story are endless as you hear about the dangers and waste of big government, blind patriotism, and socialism. The grim world of the Cold War is told perfectly in this book.
    This book is enjoyable, but I have some minor doubts in author's sincerity. He was interested in overstating the danger of Russian bioweapons projects; while the program was undoubtedly existing and active, some of the numbers (like a billion dollars per year budget in 1990) are somewhat hard to believe.

    Still, I loved the account. Pretty shocking. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 319 pages
  • Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It
  • Ken Alibek
  • English
  • 05 February 2018
  • 9780385334969