Theo Emery - Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World's Deadliest Weapons — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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In 1915 when Germany unleashed chlorine gas clouds for the first time in Ypres, Belgium, the chemical attack spurred its horrified enemies to meet its challenge in kind. The United States responded to Germany’s gas attacks by establishing the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service. This agency worked with the U.S. Bureau of Mines to develop weapons, outfit troops, and recruit engineers and scientists who could apply their technical expertise on the battlefield. Drawing on previously unpublished documents, Emery, a widely published journalist and 2015 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, combines history, science, and biography to show that World War I was in many respects a “chemists’ war” that changed how battles are fought and raised ongoing moral questions. It also serves as unique work of local Washington history, examining the depths of chemical contamination in Spring Valley and the use of American University as a research campus.

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$29.00
ISBN: 9780316264105
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 14th, 2017

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