When it comes to horror stories, sometimes nothing terrifies more than reality. If you enjoy having the wits scared out of you and want to learn a little about protecting yourself from the growing terrorist threat in the process, then pick up a copy of The U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual. Just one warning, though: prepare to become completely and utterly paranoid after reading it.
This is a chilling book, documenting the different types of modern terrorist threats (and possible accidental disasters) we are faced with in this new century. Covering everything from nuclear facility bombings, dirty bombs, bioagent releases to chemical weapons and all points in between, Dick Couch's book teaches the reader what to look for, what to expect and, pending your survival, how to deal with it. The book also shares information on keeping yourself and your family as safe as possible should such a tragedy occur by offering solid advice on developing a simple and effective action plan each family member can take part in. We learn what types of clothing and products to have on hand, what does and does not work in the way of protecting ourselves from biological agents such as anthrax, smallpox and other toxins, how to decontaminate and deal with high doses of chemical agents or nuclear radiation, and what types of shelters best provide us safety against exposure to deadly elements from a terrorist attack.
Also included are chapters on how to help recognize the indicators of nuclear, chemical and biological attacks, and how you can best help others who may be victims. Again, this is really creepy stuff nobody wants to think about, but that everyone should be at least physically prepared for, if not emotionally.
There are plenty of helpful appendices with additional facts, suggestions and information. Dick Couch helps us to not only come to grips with the threats we live with, but understand their history, how they work, and what to expect should we ever come in contact with them, all in a clear and straightforward manner that any civilian can understand. We can think of this book as a first-aid kit necessity, and I highly recommend that everybody have one, even if I do think it may frighten people more than necessary. This is NOT a book I would buy as a “fun” gift for a friend or family member, but it is a book I would give them out of love and concern for their safety. Just make sure they have the stomach for it. It is NOT an easy read.