Hellfire Boys: The Untold History of Soldiers, Scientists, and America's First Race for Weapons of Mass Destruction by Theo Emery

Hellfire Boys: The Untold History of Soldiers, Scientists, and America's First Race for Weapons of Mass Destruction

An explosive look into the dawn of chemical warfare during World War IPowerful and gripping, Hellfire Boys tells the story of the young men who started a Manhattan Project-type program at American University in 1917. These soldiers and chemists worked on offensive and defensive gas measures: testing hastily-made gas masks; observing the effects of mustard gas on goats, dog...

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  • Paul Falk
    This ARC was provided complements of NetGalley. My thanks. Gratitude sent to Little, Brown and Company a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. for making this pre-release available.The author exposed me to the silent killer of World War 1 - poison gas. A dreadful piece of history. It was America's f...
  • Ryan
    **I received this book as part of Goodreads' FirstReads giveaway.**This was excellent account of the United States role in chemical warfare during World War I. While the book primarily focuses on the history and politics of the formation and progression of Chemical Warfare Service (aka the 1st Gas R...
  • Rachel
    Well-written and interesting account of the American response to chemical weapons during WWI. In The Hellfire Boys, Theo Emery traces the development of gas weaponry, the military response, and the impact these weapons had on the people inventing them and the soldiers using them. Emery also recounts...
  • Kelly Knapp
    This is a book that every politician should be required to read in this volatile climate of terrorism. As presented by the author, Emery, the history of chemical warfare is both lengthy and dangerous, leaving many soldiers dead, disabled, or with memories that should have been passed down to the sub...
  • Brooks
    The USA chemical industry like the rest of America was unprepared for WWI. Wilson won election on a neutrality platform and few believed the USA would join the war. Gas research fell to the bureau of mines as they had the strongest chemical program within the government and gas masks would be critic...
  • Jonathan Green
    A brilliant exploration of the birth of chemical weapons in the US that veers between the frontlines in France during world war 1 and the secret laboratories in the US. Told with a novelists flair, Emery has achieved something remarkable with this book. ...
  • Steven Z.
    At a time when we hear about weapons of mass destruction and a possible nuclear attack from North Korea it is interesting to contemplate the origins of such weaponry. During World War I unbeknownst to most people living in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Washington, DC the United States Army in co...
  • Victoria
    I'm fascinated by war history but have very little formal education on the subject. Most of my learning has been on my own time, and Hellfire Boys explores an aspect I previously knew very little about-- chemical warfare.I bought Hellfire Boys for my mom, who was a history major and former resident ...
  • Zachary
    World War I is remarkable in many ways. It's beginnings make no real sense. The way in which it was fought most of the time made no sense, either. It is remarkable how long it took generals at the time to adjust to the modern war they were fighting. Of course, much of the problem came down to the ad...

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