Multcolib Homework Center Picks: Chemical Weapons
Annotation:Chemist and scholar Coffey brings to life the struggles of pioneering chemists who modernized the field. While more interested in doing science and getting credit, their results changed the world.
Annotation:Examines the history and development of chemical and biological weapons and discusses their proliferation, association with terrorism, and efforts to control their use.
Annotation:Statesmen, generals, and diplomats have long debated the military utility and morality of chemical warfare. In 1925, the use of chemical weapons in war was prohibited by international treaty; but that was hardly the end of the story.
Annotation:A forbidden friendship with a badly disfigured soldier in the aftermath of World War I forces thirteen-year-old Annie to redefine the word "hero" and to question conventional ideas of patriotism.
Annotation:In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, something she dismisses as unscientific until the ghost of her sweetheart- killed by the gas she is told- starts appearing.
Annotation:A detailed reference guide to the weapons of World War I, with evocative color and black and white photographs.
Annotation:From the legend of Hercules and his poison arrows to Greek fire flung from war ships, Mayor takes readers on an absorbing and macabre trip though the Ancient World.
Annotation:A timely and balanced historical survey, Spiers cuts through the scare tactics and hype to provide a thorough and even-handed examination of the weapons themselves.
Annotation:Robert Neer has written the first history of napalm, from its inaugural test on the Harvard College soccer field, to a Marine Corps plan to attack Japan with millions of bats armed with tiny napalm time bombs, to the reflections of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, a girl who knew firsthand about its power and its morality.