The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World

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Product Details

Price
$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date
August 25, 2020
Pages
272
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781524733216

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About the Author

EDWARD D. MELILLO is professor of history and environmental studies at Amherst College. He is the author of Strangers on Familiar Soil: Rediscovering the Chile-California Connection (2015), which won the Western History Association's 2016 Caughey Prize for the most distinguished book on the American West. He was awarded the Mellon New Directions Fellowship in 2017. He received his PhD and his MPhil from Yale University and his BA from Swarthmore College. He grew up in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and now lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Reviews

"Insects turn up everywhere, including throughout human history. Lively and engrossing, Edward Melillo's The Butterfly Effect shows that bugs matter every bit as much as generals and emperors."--Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

"All of us, all the time, are surrounded by the inconceivable multitudes of the insect world. Yet somehow I was surprised to learn from The Butterfly Effect how deeply these tiny creatures are embedded in human history--and not just because some insects spread disease. In case after enthralling case, Ted Melillo shows how insects have made fortunes, fueled empires, and helped with the creation of great art, all the while making agriculture possible through pollination. Come for the weird orchid bugs that inspired Darwin, stay for the fascinating people who have unraveled the secrets of insect societies!" --Charles C. Mann, author of 1491