So, what keeps you up at night? Yes, a question I was recently asked as a founder of a Think Tank – and in considering this I can say that nothing keeps me from sound sleep, but there are things I am completely troubled by, for instance bio-terrorism of bio-violence (both interchangeable words in my opinion). But before one gets frightened out of their wits, or allows fear to take over their psyche, there is a very good book, which I’d like to recommend to you.
Indeed, this was one of the books I read over the weekend, and I must say I was quite impressed. So much so that I wanted to write up this quick little book review to tell you about it. The name of the book is;
“Bioviolence – Preventing Biological Terror and Crime” by Barry Kellman, Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2006, 362 pages, ISBN: 978-0-521-88325-2.
This is a great research reference book to have for anyone studying bioterrorism. I own it because our Think Tank often talks on this subject, luckily I picked it up inexpensively at a used book sale. I noted on the front page this book I own was once given to someone as a gift and inside the front cover it read: “To Paul, With all my best wishes. Peace, Barry Kellman.” I thought to myself, how interesting that someone would sign a book “with all my best wishes, and peace” when it had to do with such a serious topic a bio-terrorism.
However, after reading the book, I understand why the author signed the book that way, as within these pages are excellent suggestions of how to stop bioviolence and terrorism in the future. Some of these suggestions I might add have also appeared in bio-defense protocols in industry, government, military, and with NGOs. In fact, the same advice was recently quoted in a GAO report I read.
I’d also like you to consider not only this book, but some of the books by Richard Preston – you can find him also on Amazon or at any major bookseller. I think you should read a couple of his books in conjunction with this one. In fact, while I have you hear, let me also recommend;
“Biological warfare, bioterrorism, biodefence and the biological and toxin weapons convention,” by Edgar J. DaSilva. I believe you can find that paper online in a “.PDF format” on Google. Lastly, I recommend you also read; ” The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague In History” by John Barry. Once you read all this, then you will realize why I worry about such things. Be well my friends, and realize there are some very smart folks looking out for you and your family when it comes to bioterrorism.