Six-Legged Soldiers Using Insects as Weapons of War

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Pub. Date: 2010-05-13
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Summary

Six-Legged Soldiers reveals how insects have changed the course of warfare, from "bee bombs" in the Paleolithic period to insect weap-onization programs in World War II (including airplanes modified to drop plague-infested fleas, bombs designed to disperse cholera-coated flies, and prison camps where doctors infected inmates with disease-carrying lice). Six-Legged Soldiers paints a chilling portrait of the many weird-and ongoing-attempts to conscript insects for human combat. Book jacket.

Author Biography


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. 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
List of Illustrationsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Stinging Defeats and Venomous Victories
Bee Bombs and Wasp Warheadsp. 9
Toxic Tactics and Terrorsp. 26
Insects as Tools of Torturep. 36
Vectors of Death
Horseshoes and Hand Grenadesp. 47
The Victories of the Vectorsp. 56
A Most Uncivil Warp. 65
All's Lousy on the Eastern Frontp. 77
Bringing Fever and Famine to a World At War
A Monstrous Metamorphosisp. 87
Entomological Evilp. 95
Japan's Fleas and Fliesp. 108
Japan's Pleas and Liesp. 117
Beetle Bombsp. 128
Waking the Slumbering Giantsp. 139
Cold-Blooded Fighters of the Cold War
Korea's Hailstorms of Hexapodsp. 159
A Swarm of Accusationsp. 171
An Imaginary Menagerie?p. 182
The Big Itchp. 193
Yankee (and Vietnamese) Ingenuityp. 203
Cuban Missiles vs. American Arthropodsp. 210
A Tiny Terrorist in Castro's Cropsp. 221
The Future of Entomological Warfare
Medflies, Fruits, and Nutsp. 233
Fear on the Farmp. 242
Wimpy Warmups and Real Dealsp. 256
Six-Legged Guardian Angelsp. 274
Insect Cyborgs and Robofliesp. 287
"Vigilant and Ready"?p. 298
Epiloguep. 311
Suggested Readingsp. 315
Notesp. 323
Indexp. 362
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