By David Willman
For the 1st time, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Willman tells the entire gripping tale of the quest for the anthrax killer who terrorized the rustic at midnight days that the September eleventh assaults. Letters despatched surreptitiously from a mailbox in New Jersey to media and political figures in manhattan, Florida, and Washington D.C. killed 5 humans and contaminated seventeen others. For years, the case remained formally unsolved—and it fed on the FBI and have become a rallying element for launching the Iraq warfare. faraway from Baghdad, at castle Detrick, Maryland, stood Bruce Ivins: an finished microbiologist at paintings on patenting a next-generation anthrax vaccine. Ivins, it grew to become out, additionally used to be a guy the FBI consulted often to profit the technology at the back of the attacks.
The Mirage Man unearths how this possible risk free if eccentric scientist concealed a sinister mystery existence from his closest affiliates and relatives, and the way the path of genetic and circumstantial facts led inexorably to him. alongside the best way, Willman exposes the defective investigative paintings that resulted in the general public smearing of the incorrect guy, Steven Hatfill, a scientist focusing on biowarfare preparedness whose lifestyles used to be upended by means of media stakeouts and op-ed-page witch hunts.
Engrossing and unsparing, The Mirage Man is a portrait of a deeply bothered scientist who for greater than 20 years had limitless entry to the U.S. Army’s shares of lethal anthrax. it's also the tale of a fight for regulate in the FBI research, the missteps of an overzealous press, and the way a cadre of presidency officers omitted medical facts whereas spinning the letter assaults right into a foundation for warfare. As The Mirage Man makes transparent, the US needs to, ultimately, come to phrases with the teachings to be realized from what Bruce Ivins wrought. The nation’s safeguard is determined by it.