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Arming Mother Nature : the birth of catastrophic environmentalism

by Hamblin, Jacob Darwin,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GE180.H35 2013
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  GE180.H35 2013
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hamblin (Poison in the Well) takes advantage of the Freedom of Information Act and thorough re-search to produce this chilling and cynical study of post-WWII collusion between scientists and the military to create alternative weapons of mass destruction: famine, plague, pestilence, drought, and earthquake. The Cold War paranoia that swept the world made the possibility of biological warfare a real fear: some governments believed that the virtue of using pathogens to decimate a country's popu-lation and economy was that "this could be done without declaring war." This obsession with prepar-ing for and protecting against total war led nations to join in global monitoring of the atmosphere, and Hamblin notes that in the International Geophysical Year of 1957 "humans were carrying out a major experiment on the earth." Among the plans considered was the melting of the polar ice cap to turn pen-insulas into islands. Hamblin reads Richard Nixon's support of a ban on biological weapons as an as-tute diversion from the efficacy of nuclear weapons and concludes that "when every problem is treated as a global crisis, real global crises are easily ignored." His dark review of recent history offers an un-settling theory of how close we have already come to total destruction. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

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Subjects Environmental policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Environmentalism -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Environmental sciences -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Disasters -- Environmental aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
War -- Environmental aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Military planning -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War -- Environmental aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- History -- 20th century.
Global environmental change -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Military policy.
Publisher New York :Oxford University Press,2013
Language English
Description x, 298 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-286) and index.
ISBN 9780199740055 (acid-free paper)
0199740054 (acid-free paper)
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