AMERICAN PESTS: The Losing War on Insects from Colonial Times to DDT
by James E. McWilliams
2008, 312 pages, 35 illustrations. Inspired by the still-revolutionary theories of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, this book 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 early techniques of colonial farmers and ending with modern use of chemical insecticides, it shows how America’s war on insects mirrors its continual struggle with nature, economic development, technology, and federal regulation. As told from the perspective of the often flamboyant actors in the battle against insects, this book provides a fascinating investigation into the attitudes, policies, and practices that continue to influence our behavior toward insects. Hardcover; 6 x 9-1/4″.
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