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Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War
 
 
Author
Jeffrey A. Lockwood.
Publisher Oxford  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.1 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780199733538
Pages/Publication Date 378/2009
Daedalus Item Code 30766
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The author of Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier, Pushcart Prize and John Burroughs Award winner Jeffrey Lockwood here paints a brilliant portrait of the many weirdly creative, truly frightening ways in which insects have been used as weapons of war, terror, and torture. Beginning in prehistoric times and building toward a disturbing near-future, Lockwood looks at the use of "bee bombs" in the ancient world and the role of insect-borne disease in changing the course of major battles, from Napoleon's military campaigns to the trenches of World War I. He describes World War II airplanes designed to drop plague-infested fleas, facilities rearing millions of crop-devouring beetles, and prison camps where doctors tested disease-carrying lice on inmates. The Cold War saw secret government operations involving the mass release of specially developed strains of mosquitoes on an unsuspecting American public, as well as the alleged use of disease-carrying and crop-eating pests against North Korea and Cuba. Lockwood reveals how easy it would be to use insects in warfare and terrorism today, pointing to how domestic eco-terrorists in 1989 extorted government officials and wreaked economic and political havoc simply by threatening to release the Medfly into California's crops.
 
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Studio: Collins.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9780007393749.  Daedalus Item Code: 20019
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