The year 2011 marked the fortieth anniversary of the end of the utilization of the herbicide Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. This important book provides a critical analysis of its use from 1961 to 1971, as well as the extraordinary efforts of scientists to halt the use of these chemicals, and, in the process, to awaken the nascent environmental movement to a new concept, “ecocide, whose origins have largely been forgotten.” Although The Invention of Ecocide builds on an increasingly rich literature about the use of chemicals in the US context, it opens up new vistas for environmental historians by examining the ways that ecological issues intersect with international relations and global power politics.

Despite the development of...

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