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Author Lockwood, Jeffrey Alan, 1960-

Title Six-legged soldiers : using insects as weapons of war / Jeffrey A. Lockwood
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 377 pages) : illustrations
Contents PART 1. STINGING DEFEATS AND VENOMOUS VICTORIES: 1. Bee bombs and wasp warheads ; 2. Toxic tactics and terrors ; 3. Insects as tools of torture -- PART 2. 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 -- PART 3. BRINGING FEVER AND FAMINE TO A WORLD AT WAR: 8. A momentous metamorphosis ; 9. Entomological evil ; 10. Japan's fleas and flies ; 11. Japan's pleas and lies ; 12. Beetle bombs ; 13. Waking the slumbering giants -- PART 4. 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 -- PART 5. 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"?
Summary From the Publisher: The emir of Bukhara used assassin bugs to eat away the flesh of his prisoners. General Ishii Shiro during World War II released hundreds of millions of infected insects across China, ultimately causing more deaths than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. These are just two of many startling examples found in Six-legged Soldiers, a brilliant portrait of the many weirdly creative, truly frightening, and ultimately powerful ways in which insects have been used as weapons of war, terror, and torture. Beginning in prehistoric times and building toward a near and disturbing future, the reader is taken on a journey of innovation and depravity. Award-winning science writer Jeffrey A. Lockwood begins with the development of "bee bombs" in the ancient world and explores the role of insect-borne disease in changing the course of major battles, ranging from Napoleon's military campaigns to the trenches of World War I. He explores the horrific programs of insect warfare during World War II: airplanes dropping plague-infested fleas, facilities rearing tens of millions of hungry beetles to destroy crops, and prison camps staffed by doctors testing 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-along with the alleged use of disease-carrying and crop-eating pests against North Korea and Cuba. Lockwood reveals how easy it would be to use of insects in warfare and terrorism today: In 1989, domestic ecoterrorists extorted government officials and wreaked economic and political havoc by threatening to release the notorious Medfly into California's crops. A remarkable story of human ingenuity-and brutality-Six-Legged Soldiers is the first comprehensive look at the use of insects as weapons of war, from ancient times to the present day
Analysis Biological control agents
Disease transmission
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-360) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Agroterrorism -- Prevention.
Biological warfare.
Insects as carriers of disease.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0195333055 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
0199715602 (electronic bk.)
9780195333053 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
9780199715602 (electronic bk.)