• by Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, William Broad
  • Narrated by Murphy Guyer
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Deadly germs sprayed in shopping malls, bomblets spewing anthrax spores over 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 us bio-warriors past and present at work in their trade. A frightening and unforgettable 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 21st century.


What the Critics Say

"Makes the issues clear and accessible...even skeptical readers may have trouble sleeping easily after they finish it." (The New York Times)
"Chilling context about a nefarious weapon." (Booklist)
"Well-researched and documented." (


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

It's Judith Miller.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have preferred a text more focused on current trends and historical facts and less focused on justifying anything any Bush Administration has ever done.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

The fact that in the end, it's still an apologia for government paternalism.

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- Seth

Should be called "Beltway Dollars"

This book is more about Washington politics than about biological warfare agents. Sadly, this is typical when establishment journalists like Judith Miller write a book about a scientific topic. We start out talking about "germs" and end up talking about Bill Clinton. The author is at times unfair, like when she does a hatchet job on the National Guard Civil Support Teams in the final chapter. Bottom line: if you are interested in biology, don't buy this book. If you're interested in Washington politics and gossip, by all means go ahead.
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- G. Spence

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio