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272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 8 halftones, notes, bibl., index

DDT and the American Century

Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World


Praised for its ability to kill insects effectively and cheaply and reviled as an ecological hazard, DDT continues to engender passion across the political spectrum as one of the world's most controversial chemical pesticides. In DDT and the American Century, David Kinkela chronicles the use of DDT around the world from 1941 to the present with a particular focus on the United States, which has played a critical role in encouraging the global use of the pesticide. Kinkela's study offers a unique approach to understanding both this contentious chemical and modern environmentalism in an international context.

About the Author

David Kinkela is associate professor of history at the State University of New York-Fredonia.


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