Biohazard, subtitled The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World – Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It, is the title of a book by former Soviet biological warfare researcher Ken Alibek that purports. Colonel Kanatzhan “Kanat” Alibekov known as Kenneth “Ken” Alibek since – is a former .. Alibek, Ken and Steven Handelman (), Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World. 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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Mar 13, Emily rated it liked it. Please help by adding secondary or tertiary sources. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Showing of reviews. Biohazard may give these readers, and others, good cause to be concerned about the inadequacy of government efforts, and medical science in general, to counter the threat of biological weapons.

Frankly, Ken Alibek’s book is adequately written, well enough to not actually be unpleasant to read, but not outstandingly so. There was no fiction – all non-fiction!

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This book is so disturbing and sinister that it’s easy to mistake it for fiction. He was later promoted to First Deputy Director of Biopreparat, where he not only oversaw the biological weapons facilities but also the significant number of pharmaceutical facilities that produced antibioticsvaccinessera, and interferon for the public. As the Soviet Empire collapses around him, he is forced to rethink the diabolical program that he was so proud of.

The end is near. Complicity — this is the evil that makes scary biological weapons programs possible. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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Soviet biological weapons program. Sign In or Create an Account. Made worse by the fact that it’s true. This book is much more focused on the structure of the Soviet bio weapons secret industry than on Alibek himself.


Ken Alibek

With the eventual break down of the Soviet Union, scientists were without jobs and income and left kenneeth were recruited to work in other regions of the world Syria, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Cuba. Note that the author is actually Ken Alibek, not Stephen Handelman A chilling account of how lucky we were not to have biological catastrophes in the US during the Cold War. In October he emigrated with his family to the US. His first assignment was to the Eastern European Branch of the Institute of Applied Biochemistry IAB near Omutninska combined pesticide production facility and reserve biological weapons production plant intended for activation in a time of war.

The sense of purity and transparency he attributes to the United States sounds more than a little suspicious given his perspective. I was able to read this book as fast as or faster than some novels. As the book reveals, unfortunately Alibek gave up his own health and time with his family for the dangerous bioweapon research he and other scientists were doing in the former Soviet Union at the time. For fifty years, while the world stood in terror of a nuclear war, Russian scientists hidden in heavily guarded secret cities refined and stockpiled a alibej kind of weapon of mass alihek invisible weapon that would strike in silence and could not be traced.

Please try again later. Alibek did in Biopreparat, he did in the sincere belief that he was defending his country. The technical details are vivid and terrible even as the human story unfolds.

Biohazard is scary for a reason – if we don’t learn from the past, we’re doomed to repeat it. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Biohazaard Biohazard Imagine a hot zone in which Ebola is being spliced—using aliebk latest techniques of genetic engineering—with smallpox, the most infectious disease known to man.

To think that that all of our advances in GMO’s and vaccinations started with mankind’s desires to kill biohazarv other with weapons of mass destruction seems disturbingly realistic after reading this book.

There are actually two horror stories in “Biohazard” – the diseases are horrible enough, but the idea of a multi-billion dollar effort operating undetected, almost unsuspected, for twenty years kennetg even worse During his stay, he published a number of articles in research journals and taught various courses in various fields of biology and medicine. Intertwined with the story of Alibek’s career are the chilling facts about the early development of the Soviet BW program, the continuation of the program by Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the BW programs of other countries, and the current efforts of governments to defend albek against biological weapons.


Wish the contents of this book was a fantasy. I would suggest it be required reading for anyone involved in foreign affairs. After several promotions, Alibek was transferred back to Omutninsk, where he rose to the position of Deputy Director. This book will scare the livin’ daylights out of you. He keeps his American citizenship and residence and his family lives in the United States. You really feel you walk along with Alibek as he mixed the biochemicals set to be unleashed on America.

I did not find the book as interesting as I thought it would be. Great book for those wanting to know a bit of what went on and how, on the development of bioweapons during the cold war.

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Mar 08, Brooke rated it it was amazing. Russians are going to reelect him. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.