Lately I've been interested in the chemistry of nerve agents due to reading Patrick's Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry in which they were only briefly discussed. I bought the Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents by Ramesh C. Gupta which appeared to me as a comprehensive work discussing the physical chemistry, biological action, history and legislation of a whole range of chemical agents (in particularly organophosphorus agents).
However it lacks experimental information (i.e. synthesis). I found a book that detailed (to the somewhat questionable extreme) on this information, having the rather obscure title The Preparatory Manual of Chemical Warfare Agents (it's a Google preview link, quite handy to see if a book is worth the money). Now since I'm not an expert in organophosphorus synthesis (else I wouldn't be interested in it, right?) I cannot fully appreciate the level of accurateness. And while you may argue that, since it's only of theoretical use to me, the level of accurateness is unimportant, I wouldn't really feel satisfied learning about something from a textbook that finally turns out to be based on completely wrong information. Because then what knowledge have I gained?
Now for the question: the book raised my suspicion because the author seems not to be related to any serious research unit or university for that matter. The poor lay-out, language, and somewhat too practical advice given here and there, screams Uncle Fester type bull shit book. So, is this book based on legitimate research? And if not, where can I read about (organophosphorus) chemical warfare agents synthesis from a reliable (preferentially written by well known and respected chemists) source, that goes into enough detail on a chemical level (and does not necessarily contain Uncle Fester type practical information in which I'm obviously not very interested)?