Terrorists and Toxins

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Science  01 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5484, pp. 1479
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5484.1479

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Toxic Terror. Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons. Jonathan B. Tucker, Ed. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2000. 320 pp. $45. ISBN 0-262-20128-3. Paper, $20. ISBN 0-262-70071-9.

Incidents of chemical and biological terrorism (CBT) have been infrequent, with relatively few casualties. The contributors' discussions of 12 widely cited cases of CBT highlight the motivational and operational constraints on terrorists and demonstrate a powerful approach to assessing the CBT threat.