Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-45 and the American Cover-Up, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Factories of Death

Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-45 and the American Cover-Up, 2nd Edition

By Sheldon H. Harris


424 pages | 25 Color Illus.

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Factories of Death details the activities of the Japanese army scientists that conducted numerous horrifying experiments upon live human beings. It investigates who from the upper echelons of the Japanese military and political establishments knew of the experiments, also the question of whether or not Allied POWs were subjected to such tests, and the nature of the deal that was brokered with US authorities after the war. This new edition has been completely updated, and contains an entirely new chapter detailing the numerous revelations that have surfaced since the book's initial publication in 1994.


"Factories of Death is about Japan's secret biological and chemical experiments on live human beings and United States complicity in covering up the truth. Sheldon Harris has done us all a service by painstakingly uncovering the facts behind one of mankind's biggest yet least known crimes." -- James Bradley, author, Flags of Our Fathers

"This book brings sound scholarship and strong moral conviction, tempered by carefully nuanced argument, to bear on a subject of continuing international concern. It deserves a readership far beyond the circle of Second World War specialists." -- The International History Review

"The book's two parts, "Japanese Factories of Death" and American Cover-Up," are meticulously researched with the results presented in an outraged tone." -- Military Review

About the Author

Sheldon H. Harris is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Northridge. He began his research on Japanese biological experiments in Manchuria in 1984.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
HISTORY / Military / World War II
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General