Table of contents for American pests : the losing war on insects from colonial times to DDT / James E. McWilliams.

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Introduction. "the dunghill of men's passions": The Insect Paradox
1. "the insect tribes still maintain their ground": Insects and Early Americans
2. "there is no Royal Road to the destruction of bugs": The Rise of the Professionals
3. "Let us conquer space": Breaking the Plains and Fighting the Insects
4. "a great schemer": Charles V. Riley and the Broken Promises of Early Insecticides
5. "let us spray": Mosquitoes, War, and Chemicals
6. "vot iss de effidence?": Residues, Regulations, and the Politics of Protecting Insecticides
7. "complaints are coming in": A Year in the Life of an Insecticide Nation, 1938
8. "Let's put our heads together and start a new country up": Silent Springs and Loud Protests
Epilogue. "Some very learned men are the greatest fools in the world": In Praise of Localism

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Insect pests -- Control -- United States -- History.
Pesticides -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Pesticides -- Political aspects -- United States.
Ethnoentomology -- United States.