Book Review: Biohazard by Ken Alibek

I recently finished Biohazard, a book on a truly frightening topic from someone that knows the facts intimately.

The book has more or less two segments throughout that parallel each other. The first is a narrative about the author, Ken Alibek. He was a prominent scientist and later assistant director of Biopreparat, the Soviet agency in charge of Biological weapons production.

The second aspect of segment of the book is more of a history and overall outlook on what was going on throughout the life span of the Biological weapons program in Russia.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a politically unbiased, historical view of the Soviet Biological weapons program. The book also gives an outsider of the USSR an interesting perspective on how the bureaucracy and politics of government agencies in a communist country work.

Understand the way the book was going to move along in parallel with the two narratives is pretty important to getting into the book. If you don’t understand that, it might not make sense the way the book jumps around.

The end of the book is light on personal details and jumps around in some strange ways. I found the discussion on Iraq’s WMDs interesting in light of the fact that the book came out before September 11th and the ensuing invasion.

Thanks to my buddy Conrad for giving this book to me and opening my eyes to the insanity of the Soviet bio weapons stockpile.


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Visit my Facebook Fan Page to connect: While not working as a GeoInt Analyst in the Washington DC metro area, D. Hunter Phillips enjoys a life-long love of sci-fi, fantasy, role-playing games, and a great many other nerdy things that he explores through writing and games. D. Hunter regularly writes board game reviews at Through his writing, D. Hunter hopes to inspire and speculate on the future and the past. He seeks deeper meanings within pulp genres of fantasy and sci-fi. D. Hunter enjoys the tales of John Ringo and Charles Stross. D. Hunter's readings lead him in a never ending cycle of sci-fi, history, physics, and psychology. D. Hunter enjoys going to DC area Goth clubs and seeing some of his favorite bands, such as VNV Nation. He also loves his home life with his partner in crime and several pets.
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