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Author McWilliams, James E.

Title American pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT / James E. McWilliams.

Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    632.7 MCW    Available
Description 296 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Subject Insect pests -- Control -- United States -- History.
Pesticides -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Pesticides -- Political aspects -- United States.
Ethnoentomology -- United States.
ISBN 9780231139427 (cloth : alk. paper)
023113942X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231511360 (electronic)
0231511361 (electronic)

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