Rescue and Prevention: Defending Our Nation

This series provides insight into the lives and daily heroisms of the men and women, from the police force to the army, the FBI to local fire departments, working to make North America a safe place now and for the future.


ISBN 978-1-4222-1352-0
The entire series is not available in hardcover. There are 10 out of 13 volumes available.
13 volumes
6.75 x 9.5 inches
Biological and Germ Warfare Protection
by Michael Kerrigan

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-411-3 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Of all the threats to peace and democracy in the world today, none is more disturbing than that of biological or chemical warfare. And such fears are not without justification. These weapons are genuinely frightening-and not only in their effects upon their victims. These weapons are cheap to make and easy to use, which has made them the ideal choice for a new and sinister breed of terrorists.In this fascinating introduction to the subject, the reader will find grounds for confidence as well as for concern. The United States is by no means defenseless in the face of this evil. With calm and courage and a well-directed defense effort, we can defeat this danger, just as we have defeated other threats in the course of our history. This book explains the actions currently being taken by the authorities to defend against biological and chemical warfare and the part ordinary Americans can play in protecting their own country. Biological and Germ Warfare Protection includes:<sum> The history of biological and chemical warfare, from the earliest times to the present day <sum> The main types of biological and chemical weapons, including their applications and their limitations<sum> America's response to a threat of mounting importance, both before and since the events of September 11, 2001<sum> Measures needed to assure continuing protection at national, local, and individual levels.

Counterterrorist Forces with the CIA
by John Wright

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-407-6 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
The CIA has helped protect America for more than half a century. Its spies, scientists, and analysts have served the cause of freedom during various wars and the tensions of the Cold War, and are doing so again in the difficult war on terrorism. CIA agents in the field have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. They are especially at risk when trying to penetrate a terrorist network or working in a country that supports terrorists. The first American killed in Afghanistan during the liberation of that country in 2001 was a CIA agent. "The Company," as insiders call the CIA, is home to many unsung heroes whose bravest deeds will never be known, even to their own families.September 11, 2001, was a wake-up call for America. Once again, the nation is turning to the agents and technical experts of the CIA to protect the homeland. Counterterrorist Forces with the CIA is an up-to-date look at the agency, its dedicated men and women, and their urgent mission to provide us with a safer future.Counterterrorist Forces with the CIA explains how the agency works and what it is doing to combat terrorism. This volume includes:<sum> The history of the CIA<sum> How the agency is organized<sum> The methods used to defeat terrorism<sum> How the CIA works with other national and international agencies<sum> The vital changes in the CIA after September 11, 2001.

Protecting the Nation with the U.S. Air Force
by Chris McNab

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-416-8 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Protecting the Nation with the U.S. Air Force pays tribute to the best-equipped, most elite air force in the world and its unflagging service in protecting the citizens and interests of the United States. The U.S. Air Force has only been in existence for 55 years, yet its aircraft, equipment, and power are unrivaled. Air national Guard squadrons monitor the U.S. skies. The USAF Space Command puts surveillance satellites into space. And USAF Pacific Air Forces patrol 44 countries and over 100 million square miles of territory. Such roles demand elite personnel, and the USAF training programs for pilots and ground crew alike are among the most advanced in the world.Protecting the Nation with the U.S. Air Force takes a journey through the USAF's history, roles and operations, including:<sum> How USAF pilots are trained for combat and defense<sum> The origins of the USAF<sum> Some of the USAF's most technologically advanced aircraft<sum> USAF surveillance technology<sum> What it takes to become a USAF astronaut<sum> USAF operations in the war against terrorism

Protecting the Nation with the U.S. Army
by Chris McNab

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-414-4 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
The U.S. Army is, without question, the most powerful military force on Earth. Every hour of every day it guards the United States and its citizens at home and abroad, ready to respond to any emergency with its elite personnel, hi-tech equipment, and massive firepower. Protecting the Nation with the U.S. Army gives a detailed insight into how the United States Army defends freedom and democracy around the world. Since its creation, the U.S. Army has proved itself in both war and peace. Today, U.S. Army soldiers are locked in the battle against terrorism, risking their lives to ensure that America does not suffer further terrorist attacks. Protecting the Nation with the U.S. Army takes a comprehensive journey through the history, roles, and capabilities of this massive military force, including:<sum> The history of the U.S. Army, from 1775 to the present day<sum> How the modern U.S. Army is structured<sum> Hi-tech weapons systems that the U.S. Army uses to dominate the battlefield<sum> The training involved in becoming a U.S. Army soldier<sum> Wars won by the U.S. Army at home and abroad<sum> How the U.S. Army is combating terrorism

Rescue at Sea with the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards
by Lewis Lyons

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-405-2 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Rescue at Sea with the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards pays tribute to the many thousands of men and women who patrol more than three million square miles of water to protect and save the American people. Operating in the fiercest storms and roughest seas, the heroism and diligence of the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are legendary. In addition to rescuing stricken vessels at sea, these committed professionals carry out many other vital tasks, such as keeping the coasts and waterways clear of dangerous debris, checking the safety and seaworthiness of all marine transportation, and icebreaking in winter.Rescue at Sea with the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards introduces every aspect of this vital and challenging job, including: <sum> The history of the service, its training, and philosophy<sum> How the service responds to distress signals<sum> The environmental protection of coasts, rivers, and lakes<sum> How the Coast Guard intercepts drug smugglers and illegal immigrants<sum> Emergency procedures in response to distress calls<sum> The use of specialized navigational and rescue equipment

The Department of Homeland Security
by Michael Kerrigan

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-409-0 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
The terrorist outrages of September 11, 2001, highlighted a dangerous paradox in America's protection strategies: how could a country with the world's most formidable armed forces have found itself so defenseless against determined-but relatively poorly equipped-enemies?Created to provide protection against the massed forces of a Communist superpower, our defense establishment has not necessarily kept pace with the demands of a new and perilously unstable world situation. And with no fewer than 40 different agencies involved in the effort to defend the United States from terrorist attack, there has been no shortage of gaps through which a cunning and implacable force could find a way. Yet all is not doom and gloom. The U.S. has vast military resources to draw upon. It also commands some of the world's foremost scientific expertise, as well as unmatched economic wealth. Formed in direct response to the 2001 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security has already done much to create that unified strategy of military and civil defense that will ensure America's continued survival and success through these uncertain times. The Department of Homeland Security covers a wide range of issues, including: <sum> The historical and political background of the Department's establishment in September 2001<sum> The existing agencies the Department was charged with controlling <sum> The problems facing "first responders," in particular, regarding the aftermath of September 11, 2001, and the efforts made to equip them for the challenges ahead<sum> The attacks of a new generation of "cyberterrorists" and the work of the Department in providing for our protection

The Drug Enforcement Administration
by Clive Somerville

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-413-7 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Drugs are one of the biggest problems facing America today. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the solution. The dedicated personnel of the DEA exist to protect our nation from the scourge of drugs and violence that accompanies it. They work tirelessly to enforce the United States' uncompromising drug laws, bringing those who break them to justice. They clean up our communities ravaged by drug gangs; they help drug addicts kick the habit; and they educate our young people to the dangers of drugs so they will not start themselves. The dedicated personnel of the DEA are also heavily involved in fighting the drug trade around the world to prevent it from reaching American shores.The world of drugs is a difficult and dangerous environment, and it takes a special kind of person to do the job of tackling the smugglers and dealers. But the men and women of the DEA face this danger every day to make the United States a safe place, because in today's world, protecting our nation is more important than ever. Discover how the DEA works in this essential guide:<sum> Learn about the history of the DEA and what it does<sum> Meet the men and women who work for the agency<sum> Discover how the DEA operates at home and abroad<sum> Find out how the DEA is protecting your community<sum> Understand the link between drugs and the terrorism of September 11, 2001

The National Guard
by Michael Kerrigan

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-410-6 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
This book pays tribute to many thousands of ordinary Americans who have sworn themselves to defend their country as members of the National Guard. The role of the "citizen-soldier" is enshrined in U.S. tradition, dating back to those militias first formed by settlers in the 17th century. That same spirit of community self-defense would inspire the companies, which, more than 100 years later, would rise up against the British to inaugurate the world's greatest democracy. Since that time, wherever America has been under threat, the National Guard has led to the defense, forming a first line of defense for America-not only against enemies, but also during natural disasters.The National Guard offers an exciting introduction to the National Guard, including its past, its present, and its future following the events of September 11, 2001. This book includes:<sum> The National Guard's distinguished service record in defense of American democracy<sum> Its organizational structure and its unique constitutional status as both a federal and state institution<sum> Its twofold role as a military and civil-defense organization, and the skills and strategies required for each role<sum> The special contribution the National Guard will make in coming years to "homeland defense"

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration
by John Wright

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-412-0 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
The terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, exposed a serious weakness in the nation's aviation security. Four hijacked airliners caused more than 3,000 deaths and destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and part of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The United States acted quickly to close this security gap and defend its homeland. On November 19, 2001 President George W. Bush signed an act creating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In less than six months after the attacks, this new agency began taking control of security in the country's 429 commercial airports. For the first time in American history, airport security became a federal responsibility. And the government had set itself the monumental task of building the new agency from the ground up within a year. The TSA has had to hire and train 40,000 employees, including baggage screeners, law enforcement officers, and air marshals. In addition to safety in the sky, the TSA guarantees the security for all types of transportation on land and sea. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration looks at the extraordinary effort that created and launched an agency larger than the FBI, the Border Patrol, and the DEA combined. In this book, discover:<sum> How the TSA was established<sum> The organization and mission of the agency<sum> How airport security has been improved<sum> New security for aircraft<sum> The TSA's plans for land and sea transportation security

Wilderness Rescue with the U.S. Search and Rescue Task Force
by Brenda Ralph Lewis

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59084-404-5 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Over the last 60 years, getting away from the stresses of city living has made hiking, climbing, canoeing, hunting, and camping in the great outdoors increasingly popular pastimes. The wilderness, however, is deceptive. Its wide open spaces, majestic mountains, fast-flowing rivers, and other idyllic aspects hide difficulties and dangers for the unprepared. Finding and rescuing people lost or in trouble in the wilderness is the work of organizations like the United States Search and Rescue Task Force (U.S. SARTF). In addition to search-and-rescue work, first aid, and orienteering, the U.S. SARTF educates people in the realities of the wilderness. This book shows how the men and women of this organization-for the most part, volunteers-perform these tasks, giving their time, money, and effort to save the lives of others. Thinking of making a trip into the wilderness? Wilderness Rescue with the U.S. Search and Rescue Task Force tells you what to expect and how to prepare. Learn about:<sum> Surviving in the wilderness <sum> Getting ready for a search-and-rescue mission<sum> The tools of search and rescue<sum> Wilderness medicine<sum> Search-and-rescue procedures in the future

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