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Six-legged Soldiers


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Preface Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Introduction ONE: STINGING DEFEATS AND VENOMOUS VICTORIES 1 Bee Bombs and Wasp Warheads 2 Toxic Tactics and Terrors 3 Insects as Tools of Torture TWO: VECTORS OF DEATH 4 Horseshoes and Hand Grenades 5 The Victories of the Vectors 6 A Most Uncivil War 7 All's Lousy on the Eastern Front THREE: BRINGING FEVER AND FAMINE TO A WORLD AT WAR 8 A Monstrous Metamorphosis 9 Entomological Evil 10 Japan's Fleas and Flies 11 Japan's Pleas and Lies 12 Beetle Bombs 13 Waking the Slumbering Giants FOUR: COLD-BLOODED FIGHTERS OF THE COLD WAR 14 Korea's Hailstorms of Hexapods 15 A Swarm of Accusations 16 An Imaginary Menagerie? 17 The Big Itch 18 Yankee (and Vietnamese) Ingenuity 19 Cuban Missiles vs. American Arthropods 20 A Tiny Terrorist in Castro's Crops FIVE: THE FUTURE OF ENTOMOLOGICAL WARFARE 21 Medflies, Fruits, and Nuts 22 Fear on the Farm 23 Wimpy Warmups and Real Deals 24 Six-Legged Guardian Angels 25 Insect Cyborgs and Roboflies 26 "Vigilant and Ready"? Epilogue Suggested Readings Notes Index

About the Author

Jeffrey A. Lockwood is Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities at the University of Wyoming, where he teaches in the department of philosophy and in the MFA program in creative writing. An accomplished writer, his work has been included in the popular anthology Best American Science and Nature Writing, and he is winner of both a Pushcart Prize and the John Burroughs Award. He is the author of Grasshopper Dreaming: Reflections on Killing and Loving and Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier.


"Six-Legged Soldiers is a fascinating account of the many ways that scientists and military strategists have used insects to torture, starve, and kill targets."--ScienceNews "Six-Legged Soldiers is an excellent account of the affect arthropod-borne diseases have had on warfare...This book will inspire readers to understand...threats and prepare new methods to combat them."--Nature "Both science and military history buffs will learn much from Lockwood, a self-described skeptic with a sense of humor."--Publisher's Weekly "An infectious, haunting read."--The Financial Times "Lockwood thoroughly and objectively assembles an engaging chronicle on a topic for which official documentation is often sparse and the opportunity for propaganda is rife."--Science News "Highly Recommended."--CHOICE "Lockwood...makes this history of entomological warfare morbidly entertaining...thanks to a lively writing style that ranges from the sardonic to the arch."--BioScience Magazine

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