BOOK REVIEWS
"Analyzing The Anthrax Attacks"
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"An Important New Book About The Anthrax Attacks"
March 24, 2005
Reviewer: William C. Patrick III
(hand written letter)

With critical assessment of available evidence, Edward G. Lake has generated a very important new book entitled "Analyzing The Anthrax Attacks".  This book is truly an analysis of the facts that are currently known.  The author does not have a political agenda; he is not a conspiracy theorist; and he sets out the facts in a clear and concise, highly readable narrative.  As a result, many of the concepts and conclusions set forth in other print media are shown to be wrong and based upon faulty analysis.  I have read many books on this subject, and this book is by far the most informative!  The author has performed an outstanding service to our country in putting the anthrax letters in proper perspective.    ---  William C. Patrick III, President, BioThreats Assessment

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"A must-read for anyone interested in the unsolved anthrax terrorist attacks of 2001"
April 2, 2005
Reviewer: Richard Preston, author of "The Demon In The Freezer":
(received by e-mail)

Ed Lake's "Analyzing the Anthrax Attacks" is a must-read for anyone interested in the unsolved anthrax terrorist attacks of 2001.  It's fascinating, thoughtful, intensely and passionately researched and argued, and intelligently probing about the mysterious events.  Lake brings a wealth of detailed knowledge to his account, and he comes to provocative conclusions that not everyone will agree with.  He is highly critical of the media at times--sometimes critical of my book, The Demon in the Freezer--but so what, we in the media ought to be able to handle criticism just the way we dish it out, and I think Lake's work deserves to be taken very seriously.  We can only hope that one day this horrendous crime will be solved and the perpetrator or perpetrators brought to justice.

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"Best written review of a complex investigation"
March 15, 2005 
Reviewer: Les Rayburn - Documentary Film Director
(From Amazon.com)

Highly recommended for anyone seeking to gain a better understanding of the complex investigation into the Anthrax attacks of 2001. Ed Lakes does a yeoman's job in compiling all that can be known about the investigation from hundreds of open source documents.

Mr. Lake also presents a working hypothesis of who the criminal(s) behind the attacks might be. His theory relies almost entirely on media reports and scientific discussion of the case, rather than the type of wild speculation others often resort to. You might disagree with his conclusions, but you'll find them difficult to debate without straying from the confines of what is really known about the case.

This book will also be fascinating to anyone who is interested in the new breed of journalism evolving from the web. Ed Lake is part blogger, part amateur sleuth, and part journalist.

His methods ofen involve combing through hundreds of open source articles about part of the case, looking for unique quotes, local angles, or other under-reported details. Then he combines those details to infer things that the mainstream media might have missed. It's a textbook for the new journalist, and should be required reading for researchers.

Also unique is that Mr. Lake gives permission for his critics to say, "I told you so", if his theory about the case is later proven wrong. You may disagree with his hypothesis, but it's hard to argue with his passion for the case.

An insightful book into one of the most important criminal cases in American History.

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"This one may yet be right."

Review: Analyzing the Anthrax Attacks by Ed Lake

From issue 2497 of New Scientist magazine, 30 April 2005, page 53

by Debora MacKenzie

It has been three-and-a-half years since someone mailed anthrax around the US, killing five innocent people, and the criminal still hasn't been caught. But that has not stopped an intrepid band of obsessives from tirelessly chewing over the case on the internet. Now the dean of the bunch, a retired computer guy in Wisconsin, has laboriously self-published his take on the story.

Ed Lake is clearly an amateur. People, places and events are introduced without explanation. You almost have to be a fellow anthrax fanatic to follow this account of the events, but perhaps this is precisely the audience he is writing for.

Some facts and arguments aren't here, or aren't clear. He doesn't understand some of the science. He gives an early misunderstanding about alleged coatings on the anthrax spores more importance than I suspect it deserves, and he is a bit extreme in dismissing some material that he disagrees with.

That said, Lake neatly marshals a lot of the obscure detail in this odd affair, and he gets a few things right that experts at the time got wrong. He has a wonderfully clear take on conspiracy theorists. And like it or not, internet warriors like Lake are now important players in the public discourse. Who knows? This one may yet be right.

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