Toxic: A History of Nerve Agents, from Nazi Germany to Putin’s Russia

Toxic: A History of Nerve Agents, from Nazi Germany to Putin’s Russia

Nerve agents are the world’s deadliest means of chemical warfare. Nazi Germany developed the first military-grade nerve agents and massive industry for their manufacture – yet, strangely, the Third Reich never used them. At the end of the Second World War, the Allies were stunned to discover this advanced and extensive program. The Soviets and Western powers embarked on a new arms race, amassing huge chemical arsenals.

From their Nazi invention to the 2018 Novichok attack in Britain, Dan Kaszeta uncovers nerve agents’ gradual spread across the world, despite international arms control efforts. They’ve been deployed in the Iran-Iraq War, by terrorists in Japan, in the Syrian Civil War, and by assassins in Malaysia and Salisbury – always with bitter consequences.

Toxic recounts the grisly history of these weapons of mass destruction: a deadly suite of invisible, odorless killers.


©2020 Dan Kaszeta (P)2021 Tantor

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Listening Length 11 hours and 53 minutes
Author Dan Kaszeta
Narrator Paul Heitsch
Whispersync for Voice Ready Release Date April 13, 2021
Publisher Tantor Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #38,689 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#14 in Conventional Warfare
#14 in Military Weapons
#82 in Intelligence & Espionage (Audible Books & Originals)