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Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Authored by: Mary Byrd Davis and Arthur H. Purcell
  • From the Series: Library in a Book
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  • ISBN-10: 0816069964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6996-5
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 358
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 304

Summary

If the global focus of the new millennium could be characterized by four words, those words would be “weapons of mass destruction.” The millennium was barely a few months old when a cruelly innovative deployment of weapons of mass destruction forever altered our course. Four jet fuel-laden hijacked passenger airliners became bombs that resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. Within a period of minutes, the U.S. government shifted priorities and made the elimination of the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) its primary focus. From a war that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars and likely claimed thousands of lives in the Middle East to the revamping of seemingly all domestic activities to make them less vulnerable to terrorist attacks, large and small, the U.S. economy is being dramatically impacted by the need to prevent the development and deployment of WMDs.

Weapons of Mass Destruction, a new volume in the Library in a Book series, provides readers with an ideal starting point for understanding and researching this topic. It is essential that people understand as much as possible about WMDs, including what they are, what they can do, how and why they have evolved, and what kinds of efforts have been formulated to halt their proliferation. Aimed at students and general readers alike, this new volume outlines basic information on WMDs and provides additional in-depth references for further research.

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"...an excellent starting point for research on weapons of mass destruction...offers an essential overview, a historical and contemporary perspective, and an abundance of recent sources for researching this timely and controversial topic. Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"This ready-reference tool provides an effective starting point for further research on a complicated and controversial subject. The book admiringly serves its intended objective. It is well organized, lucid, and equipped with functional finding aids ranging from a detailed table of contents to an effective index."
American Reference Books Annual

"...comprehensive...Given the public interest in this topic and the need to disseminate information on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons to all levels of government, both public and academic libraries should have this source...Recommended."
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