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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (397 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, William Broad Narrator: Murphy Guyer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2001 ISBN: 9780743547567
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Deadly germs sprayed in shopping malls, bomblets spewing anthrax sporesover battlefields, tiny vials of plague scattered in Times Square -- these are the poor man's hydrogen bombs, hideous weapons of mass destruction that can be made in a simple laboratory.

Germs uncovers the truth about biological weapons and shows why bio-warfare and bio-terrorism are fast becoming our worst national nightmare. Based on hundreds of interviews with scientists and senior officials -- including President Clinton and defectors from the former Soviet Union's sinister bio weapons labs -- as well as recently declassified documents, Germs shows is bioo-warriors past and present at work at their trade. A frightening and unforgetable narrative of cutting-edge science and spycraft, Germs shows us why advances in biology and the spread of germ weapons expertise to such countries as Iran, Iraq, and North Korea could make germs the weapon of the twenty-first century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most important book of the year.”

    New York Times

  • Compelling and highly readable…an authoritative book.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Engrossing, well-documented, and highly readable…Both a revelation and a history; [the] authors are both skilled reporters and tellers of vivid stories.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Well-researched and documented, this book will not disappoint readers looking for a reliable and sober resource on the topic.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 2/20/2014

    " If you want to know the secret world of germ warfare and the not so secret uses against us..read it,,master journalists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K Susan | 2/14/2014

    " True story. Brings to light how easily accessible diseases, which thought to be obliterated, really are. Live viruses closer than one would realize right here in the U.S. The threat of biological warfare is surprising. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gabriella | 2/8/2014

    " Tried and tried, but just couldn't get into it- I didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor Ram | 2/2/2014

    " Straightforward reporting on an interesting subject. The writing is not powerful, but forces you to mull the implications of a world on the brink of germ warfare. It can definitely get the imagination going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/28/2014

    " Quite informative, but a bit of a boring read given the content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talyseon Talyseon | 1/26/2014

    " This is a chilling book; it reads like a special ops novel about the Keystone Kops. America is completely unprepared for Bioterrorism. Check out my full review Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Quirolgico | 1/24/2014

    " Well researched and frightening portents but uneven pace in reportage style and voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 1/9/2014

    " Good --- Interesting accounts of our biological weapon development and testing as well as other countries. Scary accounts of the effects of the chemicals and agents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenh3825 | 1/5/2014

    " If Hot Zone didn't freak me out, this one will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dansolo | 12/9/2013

    " GWB should have read this before the Iraq War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 11/7/2013

    " I really liked this book -- I just wish I was a better reader. At times the text was just too dense for me. It was a learning experience, though, reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 loupgarous | 10/25/2013

    " Perhaps the best pure work of investigational reporting on biological warfare in the 21st century "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Ross | 6/5/2013

    " I saw this on an airport shelf and bought a copy and I'm glad I did. I believe the book to be well researched and provides ample proof that there were biological and chemical weapons in Iraq before the second Gulf War. The question I have is what happened to them? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 12/21/2012

    " Obviously a well-researched book on biological warfare. I could not get interested in the mass of details though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Lynn | 7/29/2012

    " This book was published just prior to 9/11 and details a lot of the history of Germ Warfare. While the book can be repetitive in parts, it's kind of interesting to see this country's view of potential threats prior to 9/11. Overall, decent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond | 7/9/2012

    " Read 3 chapters from it. The first chapter, about the salmonella attack in Oregon by cultist supporters of the Bagwan Rajneesh, is the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kamil Salamah | 6/7/2012

    " Opens a whole window into one's knowledge of a science that will definitely alter mankinds history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/3/2012

    " Very interesting and a bit alarming. I wonder just how surprised the authors are since we have not have any major germ-related incidents since the book was published. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sirius Scientist | 11/6/2011

    " Deals with biological warfare. Better if read in conjunction with or just after Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World--Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 10/9/2011

    " Excellent explanation of chemical, biological and germ warfare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/6/2011

    " Largely just a repeat of Richard Preston's works, but interesting none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor | 12/28/2010

    " Straightforward reporting on an interesting subject. The writing is not powerful, but forces you to mull the implications of a world on the brink of germ warfare. It can definitely get the imagination going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kamil | 3/6/2010

    " Opens a whole window into one's knowledge of a science that will definitely alter mankinds history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond | 1/7/2010

    " Read 3 chapters from it. The first chapter, about the salmonella attack in Oregon by cultist supporters of the Bagwan Rajneesh, is the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/11/2009

    " Largely just a repeat of Richard Preston's works, but interesting none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenh3825 | 2/5/2009

    " If Hot Zone didn't freak me out, this one will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/14/2009

    " I really liked this book -- I just wish I was a better reader. At times the text was just too dense for me. It was a learning experience, though, reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 12/29/2008

    " If you want to know the secret world of germ warfare and the not so secret uses against us..read it,,master journalists. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gabriella | 7/29/2008

    " Tried and tried, but just couldn't get into it- I didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dansolo | 6/11/2008

    " GWB should have read this before the Iraq War. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 4/1/2008

    " Starts off spooky, chilling, and engrossing by examining one of the first acts of terrorism in the U.S.; a bioattack on a salad bar. However, things fizzle out and get disjointed in the end. "

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About the Author

Judith Miller is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter formerly with the New York Times. She won an Emmy for her work on a Nova/New York Times documentary based on articles for her book Germs. Miller is the author of four books, including two #1 bestsellers. She is the recipient of many awards, among them the Society of Professional Journalists’ “First Amendment Award” for her protection of sources. An adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal, Miller is theater critic for Tablet magazine. Since 2008 she has been a commentator for Fox News.