I have put together a collection of links to information, both in books, and from the CDC and Johns Hopkins University. I chose the books because I have read and liked them. They are well written, by people who know what they are writing about. I listed the CDC and Johns Hopkins links because they are comprehensive and trusted sources for information.
by Michael T. Osterholm Ph.D., former Minnesota State Epidemiologist, and John Schwartz, a science reporter for The Washington Post.
It lays out scenarios for anthrax and smallpox, some history of biowar, and why the public health system needs to be restored. Small book, with lots of information, the scenarios cover how the agent is released, how many people it affects, and how government and society react.
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
by Randy Shilts
A chronicle of the first 5 years of the AIDS epidemic. Excellently written, not for the weak of stomach, a must read.
The Coming Plague
by Laurie Garrett
It covers emerging and re-emerging diseases such as HIV, Ebola, Tuberculosis, Smallpox. It gives the symptoms of the diseases, how they spread, and how deadly they are. It also goes into the history of the diseases and how the epidemiologists track and fight them. Thick, heavy book, with tremendous amounts of information, a comprehensive notes section at the end.
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health
by Laurie Garrett, Steven M. Wolinsky (Preface)
How the public health system, in USA and abroad, was allowed to disintegrate.
I've also found some excellent online links for bioterrorism information.
A good place to start is The Specter of Biological Weapons from the Dec 1996 Scientific American.
Johns Hopkins University is one of the premier research universities in the world. Their Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies , has links to the "Dark Winter" wargame, which simulated a smallpox attack on US, and which was run in June 2001. It's a very scary read.
The Centers for Disease Control has reports (Part one, and
Part Two) on a smallpox attack scenario (previous K5 article).
There is also a bioterrorism section at the CDC: Check out the smallpox page
and a report on modeling attacks.