Pesticides, a Love Story: America's Enduring Embrace of Dangerous Chemicals

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University Press of Kansas
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6.4 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Michelle Mart is associate professor of history at Penn State University. She is the author of Eye on Israel: How America Came to View Israel as an Ally.

"An impressive, thought-provoking work of value to historians specializing in the twentieth century, U.S. diplomacy, environmental politics, science and technology, public health, food policy, communications, and other topics pertaining to the ways synthetic chemical pesticides have endured many challenges to become an entrenched part of modern industrial agriculture."--Journal of American History

"Overall, Pesticides, A Love Story concludes convincingly that American desires to control and dominate nature, as well as an inability to move beyond immediate, short-term decisions, heavily influenced attitudes about pesticides."--Reviews in American History

"An excellent example of cultural and environmental history and a must read for any student of postwar American environmentalism or postwar US culture in general."--Environmental History

"An excellent contribution to the growing body of scholarship on synthetic pesticides."--American Historical Review

"Beyond its accessibility to a broad spectrum of readers, Pesticides, a Love Story offers an impressive breadth of coverage, with sections devoted to the assessment of herbicides, Integrated Pest Management, endocrine disrupters, organic foods, and GMOs, all in addition to the familiar topics like the role of DDT in controlling malaria during WWII."--H-Net Reviews

"Provides a detailed history of the global 'love affair' with technology in general and pesticides in particular. . . . A useful and objective--if not dispassionate--and comprehensive account."--Choice

"Why did pesticide use soar despite warnings of costs? Michelle Mart suggests that the answer lies in the stories Americans have told themselves about progress, modernity, and better living through chemistry. Did love for these ideals blind Americans to flaws in the objects of their affection? Read this book to find out."--Edmund Russell, author of War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring

"Pesticides, a Love Story offers a rich narrative describing how chemical pesticides became so ubiquitous in American culture and the global environment. Astute and dogged research make for a conceptually strong synthesis, which reveals the roots of the American love affair with chemical pesticides, while chronicling how this affection grew over time."--David Kinkela, author of DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World