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The Resource American pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT, James E. McWilliams

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

Label
American pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT
Title
American pests
Title remainder
the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT
Statement of responsibility
James E. McWilliams
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 rational approach to our relationship with insects, one that does not harm our environment and, consequently, ourselves along the way. Beginning with the early techniques of colonial farmers and ending with the modern use of chemical insecticides, McWilliams deftly shows how America's war on insects mirrors its continual struggle with nature, economic development, technology, and federal regulation. He reveals a very American paradox: the men and women who settled and developed this country sought to control the environment and achieve certain economic goals; yet their methods of agricultural expansion undermined their efforts and linked them even closer to the inexorable realities of the insect world. As told from the perspective of the often flamboyant actors in the battle against insects, American Pests is a fascinating investigation into the attitudes, policies, and practices that continue to influence our behavior toward insects. Asking us to question, if not abandon, our reckless (and sometimes futile) attempts at insect control, McWilliams convincingly argues that insects, like people, have an inherent right to exist and that in our attempt to rid ourselves of insects, we compromise the balance of nature
Cataloging source
DNAL/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McWilliams, James E
Dewey number
632/.70973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
SB950.2.A1
LC item number
M39 2008
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
SB950.2.A1
NAL item number
M39 2008
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Insect pests
  • Pesticides
  • Pesticides
  • Ethnoentomology
  • Insektenbekämpfung
  • Insektizid
  • Mensch
  • Insekten
  • Insekten
  • Schädlingsbekämpfung
  • Insektizid
  • USA
  • Bekämpfung
  • Insekten
  • USA
Label
American pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT, James E. McWilliams
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip089/2008001756.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn187394546
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
296 pages
Isbn
9780231139427
Lccn
2008001756
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
2748469
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o187394546
  • (OCoLC)187394546
Label
American pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT, James E. McWilliams
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip089/2008001756.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn187394546
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
296 pages
Isbn
9780231139427
Lccn
2008001756
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
2748469
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o187394546
  • (OCoLC)187394546

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