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American pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT

Author: James E McWilliams
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008.
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From the Publisher: The world of insects is one we only dimly understand. Yet from using arsenic, cobalt, and quicksilver to kill household infiltrators to employing the sophisticated tools of the Orkin Man, Americans have fought to eradicate the "bugs" they have learned to hate. Inspired by the still-revolutionary theories of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, James E. McWilliams argues for a more harmonious and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James E McWilliams
ISBN: 9780231139427 023113942X 9780231511360 0231511361
OCLC Number: 187394546
Description: 296 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: "The insect tribes still maintain their ground" : insects and early Americans --
"There is no royal road to the destruction of bugs" : the rise of the professionals --
"Let us conquer space" : breaking the plains and fighting the insects --
"A great schemer" : Charles V. Riley and the broken promises of early insecticides --
"Let us spray" : mosquitoes, war, and chemicals --
"Vot iss de effidence?" : residues, regulations, and the politics of protecting insecticides --
"Complaints are coming in" : a year in the life of an insecticide nation, 1938 --
"Let's put our heads together and start a new country up" : silent springs and loud protests.
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Argues for a more harmonious and rational approach to our relationship with insects, one that does not harm our environment. Beginning with the early techniques of colonial farmers and ending with  Read more...

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[A] colorful chronicle of pest management in the United States... As well written as it is thorough. Publishers Weekly 5/19/08 [McWilliams] knows how to address unusual historical topics in rich Read more...

 
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