DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World

DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World

by David Kinkela
     
 

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DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World

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DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World

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Readers interested in the environment, public health, and international relations will find this book particularly timely. . . . A relevant and useful addition." —Library Journal

[Kinkela] presents DDT as a useful product with undesirable long-term ecological effects, requiring careful judgment about when to use it.—Foreign Affairs

A well-written and interesting book. Environmental scientists, chemists, legal scholars, and historians from all perspectives would benefit from reading this book.—Chemical &Engineering News

Kinkela offers an informative perspective on American involvement in spreading the use of DDT throughout the world as a Cold War weapon against malaria.—The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians

Library Journal
Kinkela (history, SUNY at Fredonia) traces the global use of DDT since 1941, particularly in relation to malaria, and examines the pesticide's political and economic implications in this nuanced and accessible study of complicated issues of health and the environment. Rachel Carson is part of this story, including her early advocacy of what is now called integrated pest management. Problems with pesticide poisoning of agriculture workers and insect resistance to DDT preceded the 1972 ban on the use of DDT in the United States. Historic cartoons and photographs included here add insight to this highly politicized and contentious subject. VERDICT Readers interested in the environment, public health, and international relations will find this book particularly timely as the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation renew efforts for malaria eradication more than 40 years after abandoning eradication as a goal in 1969. Kinkela's recognition that current tools and systems are insufficient for the task and his advocacy of a more integrated effort than past attempts make this book a relevant and useful addition.—Mary Chitty, Cambridge Healthtech Lib., Needham, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469609775
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Series:
The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. Series on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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In DDT and the American Century, Kinkela gives us a compelling and lucid international history of one of the most controversial chemicals of modern times. In the quarter century after 1945, DDT helped fight the Cold War by killing disease-bearing insects and crop pests. Kinkela's archivally based research shows how important and effective DDT was in American initiatives around the globe aimed at promoting health, agriculture, and sympathy for the United States—and deftly untangles the swirling controversies surrounding its use.—J.R. McNeill, Georgetown University

Meet the Author

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

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