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

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 I Powerful 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 An explosive look into the dawn of chemical warfare during World War I Powerful and gripping, Hellfire Boys tells ...

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Title:Hellfire Boys: The Untold History of Soldiers, Scientists, and America's First Race for Weapons of Mass Destruction
Author:Theo Emery
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ISBN:Hellfire Boys: The Untold History of Soldiers, Scientists, and America's First Race for Weapons of Mass Destruction
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Number of Pages:368 pages pages

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

  • Brooks
    Dec 26, 2017

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

    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 w...

  • Jonathan Green
    Dec 31, 2017

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

    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 w...

    **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 ...

    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 d...

    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 an...

    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...

    An amazing and well-documented account of chemical warfare during WWI. For any war or history enthusiast, this book will take them into the bowels of hell of chemical warfare. The book includes some photographs. Note: Our son has been with the Army since 2001, enlisting before 911 t...

    A fascinating historical-nonfiction that we never really got to learn about in history class, but should have. The subject matter of Hellfire Boys is both fascinating and educational. When Hellfire Boys first came to my attention through Goodreads, I knew I wanted to learn more. I thin...

    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. ...

  • Ryan
    Oct 05, 2017

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

    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 w...

    **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 ...

  • Kelly Knapp
    Dec 07, 2017

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

    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 w...

    **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 ...

    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 d...

  • Kathy Heare Watts
    Aug 31, 2017

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

    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 w...

    **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 ...

    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 d...

    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 an...

    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...

    An amazing and well-documented account of chemical warfare during WWI. For any war or history enthusiast, this book will take them into the bowels of hell of chemical warfare. The book includes some photographs. Note: Our son has been with the Army since 2001, enlisting before 911 t...

  • Nissa
    Mar 26, 2017

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

    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 w...

    **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 ...

    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 d...

    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 an...

    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...

    An amazing and well-documented account of chemical warfare during WWI. For any war or history enthusiast, this book will take them into the bowels of hell of chemical warfare. The book includes some photographs. Note: Our son has been with the Army since 2001, enlisting before 911 t...

    A fascinating historical-nonfiction that we never really got to learn about in history class, but should have. The subject matter of Hellfire Boys is both fascinating and educational. When Hellfire Boys first came to my attention through Goodreads, I knew I wanted to learn more. I thin...

  • Rachel
    Dec 01, 2017

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

    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 w...

    **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 ...

    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 d...

    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 an...

    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...

  • Steven Z.
    Jan 14, 2018

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

  • Paul
    Sep 21, 2017

    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. ...

  • Victoria
    Jan 16, 2018

    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. ...

    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 Sta...

    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 w...

    **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 ...

    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 d...

    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 an...