The Invention of Ecocide and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading The Invention of Ecocide on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam, and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think About the Environment [Paperback]

David Zierler

List Price: CDN$ 29.95
Price: CDN$ 24.91 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
You Save: CDN$ 5.04 (17%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Usually ships within 3 to 5 weeks.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition CDN $14.89  
Hardcover CDN $63.96  
Paperback CDN $24.91  

Book Description

May 1 2011

As the public increasingly questioned the war in Vietnam, a group of American scientists deeply concerned about the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides started a movement to ban what they called “ecocide.”

David Zierler traces this movement, starting in the 1940s, when weed killer was developed in agricultural circles and theories of counterinsurgency were studied by the military. These two trajectories converged in 1961 with Operation Ranch Hand, the joint U.S.-South Vietnamese mission to use herbicidal warfare as a means to defoliate large areas of enemy territory.

Driven by the idea that humans were altering the world’s ecology for the worse, a group of scientists relentlessly challenged Pentagon assurances of safety, citing possible long-term environmental and health effects. It wasn’t until 1970 that the scientists gained access to sprayed zones confirming that a major ecological disaster had occurred. Their findings convinced the U.S. government to renounce first use of herbicides in future wars and, Zierler argues, fundamentally reoriented thinking about warfare and environmental security in the next forty years.

Incorporating in-depth interviews, unique archival collections, and recently declassified national security documents, Zierler examines the movement to ban ecocide as it played out amid the rise of a global environmental consciousness and growing disillusionment with the containment policies of the cold war era.


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details


Product Description

Review

"David Zierler's The Invention of Ecocide is a compelling book about Agent Orange, its path of destruction, and the unflagging effort of scientists to name a new crime—ecocide. It is an aspect of the war usually referred to only in passing, but Zierler places it center stage in his powerfully written, precisely argued study. The Invention of Ecocide gives readers an entirely new perspective on Vietnam, the possibilities of determined protest, and the dangers that continue to haunt the world. It is, quite simply, a brilliant work of scholarship."—Marilyn Young, author of The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990



“Absolutely fascinating: rich in detail, massively researched, and skillfully narrated . . . Combining the history of science with that of international affairs, the author skillfully traces the ways in which states made use of scientific discoveries to create ever more destructive weapons—and describes how scientists followed their conscience in seeking to stop such practice.”—Akira Iriye, Harvard University



“David Zierler’s important, timely book is a welcome addition to the scholarship on Agent Orange, a glaringly understudied topic. Impressively researched and well written, it should be accessible to a broad readership.”—Edwin A. Martini, author of Invisible Enemies: The American War on Vietnam, 1975–2000



“Comprehensive, well-sourced and skillfully arranged, The Invention of Ecocide takes on a subject at which too many books of the war offer only a glance.”—Asia Times

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.ca
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When good intentions turn bad July 8 2011
By Dr. Wilson Trivino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Agent Orange is a familiar term left over from the legacy of the Vietnam era, but most don't know the story behind this herbicide. Dr. David Zierler has written a definitive book The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam, and the Scientist Who Changed the Way We Think About the Environment.

Speaking at the Carter Center on May 18, Zierler traced the origins movement of ecocide where herbicides were used to impact the ecology spurred by Agent Orange.

The Vietnam conflict was part of a much larger American policy initiative to stamp out communism. The anti-communism intent in Vietnam roots stem back from the Eisenhower administration continued within the Kennedy years and escalated through the Johnson administration. Well documented, Zierler has a copy in the book of the original memorandum authorizing herbicidal warfare in Vietnam.

Agent Orange, as most military initiatives, was meant to save lives. In Vietnam, the US had superior weapons, military equipment, and trained solders. The Viet Cong had the jungle and the surprised ambush. Hence, Agent Orange was meant to eliminate this advantage by defoliating the jungle terrain.

What Zierler attempts to do in his book is to delve into the history of the science of ecocide and how a handful of scientist worked to prevent its usage in war.

The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam, and the Scientist Who Changed the Way We Think About the Environment is a well written condense look into a fascinating world where politics and science intersect. This seminal work also revisited a much misunderstood of American history, the Vietnam conflict.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Herbicidal warfare helped prompt global environmentalism." Oct. 8 2011
By ROROTOKO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is on the Rorotoko list. Dr Zierler's interview on "The Invention of Ecocide" ran as the Rorotoko Cover Feature on August 1, 2011 (and can be read in the Rorotoko archive).
ARRAY(0xb72f1bb8)

Look for similar items by category


Feedback