From fear of sabotage in the London Underground to the first anthrax bomb and the massive outdoor tests, Brian Balmer tells the largely untold history of biological weapons research and policy in Britain. Drawing on recently declassified documents, this book charts the secret history of germ warfare policy from the 1930's to the mid-1960's. "Britain and Biological Warfare" explores the role of independent scientific advisors in shaping one of the most significant biological warfare research programs in history.
'The first substantial account of the rise and fall of Britain as world leader in biological armament - essential reading for understanding bioweapons proliferation today.' - J.P. Perry Robinson, Sussex Director, Harvard Sussex Program, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex
'This is a powerful study in an area that is of grim relevance for science and terrorism...Drawing on recently released government papers, Balmer's book makes shocking and essential reading.' - John Cornwell, Sunday Times