In Biohazard, Dr. Kenneth Alibek, born Kanatjan Alibekov in what is now the country of Kazakhstan, then simply another satrapy of the sprawling Union of Soviet. biohazard Ken Alibek Biological Warfare of world war two. Anthrax. Smallpox. Incurable and horrifying Ebola-related fevers. For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of.

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It was poorly made by our factory, you see. Some of the best scientists I’ve encountered in the West say it isn’t possible to alter viruses genetically to make reliable weapons, or to store enough of a give pathogen for strategic purposes, or to deliver it in a way that assures maximum killing power. The bomb-testing facilities at Stepnogorsk. It’s not surprising that other regions have since become rising threats. Oct 02, Bill Bishop rated it it was amazing. About Biohazard Imagine aligek hot zone in which Ebola is being spliced—using the latest techniques of genetic engineering—with smallpox, the most infectious disease known to man.

Besides the weaponry, Alibek’s own story of recruitment and eventual dissatisfaction and defection to the United States is fascinating.

Rainbolt rated it it was amazing. For two decades, while a fearful world prepared for nuclear winter, an elite team of Russian bioweaponeers began to till a new killing field: Is there a biohazarc to the “slippery slope” we saw in “Miss Evers’ Boys”?

Are there circumstances when it is reasonable to turn away from the healing arts and use your medical knowledge as a weapon?

As you read Dr. Biohazard tells us—in chilling detail—what to expect and what we can do. Qlibek 04, Meg Warren rated it it was amazing. But beyond these is a twisted world of lies and mirrors, and the riveting parable of the greatest perversion of science in history.

Biohazard is scary for a reason – if we don’t learn from the past, we’re doomed to repeat it. This was a rather fascinating, if somewhat dry read. 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.

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The diseases that they spliced together will leave me with nightmares for the rest of my life. As the Soviet Empire collapses around him, he is forced to rethink the diabolical program that he was so proud of.

After th When reading about lethal viruses you inevitably come across the term “bioweapon” or “Biopreparat”. Looking for More Great Reads? Return to Book Page. Alibek have been justified in his decision?

I walked away feeling 1. AC5 rated it it was amazing.

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He has actively participated in the development of biodefense strategy for the U. This one is a wowzer for me. After all, the USSR was a remarkable country founded on socialist altruistic ideology. What you are about to read has never before been made public.

The thing i really did like about the book though is What Kanatjan Alibekov describes in this book as truthful and factual. Nov 07, Lisa rated it really liked it. Russians are going to reelect him. I would be fascinated to read about what if any scenarios the Soviets imagined using these weapons in, especially since the author portrays most generals as being very ignorant in regards to bioweapons.

Kenneth Alibek, born Kanatjan Alibekov in what is now the country of Kazakhstan, then simply another satrapy of the sprawling Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, shares the incredible story of his work in what is perhaps the best-kept secret of the twentieth century – Biopreparat, the mammoth chain of state-of-the-art biological weapon development and production plants, mostly built AFTER Leonid Brezhnev solemnly stood beside the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and told the world that the Soviet Union would never make or use biological weapons again.


Colonel Kanatjan Alibekov known as Ken Alibek since — is a former Soviet physician, microbiologist and biological warfare BW expert. The book is full of revelations—evidence of biowarfare programs in Cuba and India, actual deployments at Stalingrad and in Afghanistan, experiments with mood-altering agents, a contingency plan to attack major American cities, and the true story behind the biohqzard anthrax outbreak in Sverdlovsk.

How about the physicians and medics who looked the other way, ignoring or covering up evidence of abuse–were they justified in their actions? Inspired by Your Browsing History. No one knows the actual capabilities of biological weapons better than Dr. For this reason, I thoroughly enjoyed the book for the incredible amount of information it contained.

Mar 13, Emily rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Stephen Handelman is a columnist at Time. In the years since then, Alibek tells us how the Soviets not only developed newer and deadlier germs than had ever existed before but under the authority of no less a man than Mikhail Gorbachev filled the warheads of ICBMs with blohazard foul brews and pointed them at the very United States for whom he publicly alibe, such friendship.

The scientists were bioweaponeers, working to perfect the tools of a biological Armageddon. Sep 28, Jedi Kitty rated it liked it Shelves: There was no fiction – all non-fiction!

Frankly, Ken Alibek’s book is adequately written, well enough to not actually be unpleasant to read, but not outstandingly so. Books by Ken Alibek.

Many of the scientists who worked with him have been lured away from low-paying Russian labs to rogue regimes and terrorist groups around the world. To see what biohazarrd friends thought of this book, please sign up. Complicity — this is the evil that makes scary biological weapons programs possible.