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William I. Myers and the modernization of American agriculture /
Douglas Slaybaugh.
1st ed.
Ames : Iowa State University Press, 1996.
xviii, 283 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0813820383 (acid-free paper)
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Ames : Iowa State University Press, 1996.
0813820383 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-273) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-11-01:
The modernization of American agriculture is an important and interesting subject with sweeping and pervasive economic, social, cultural, and political implications. This latest book in "The Henry A. Wallace Series on Agricultural History and Rural Life" illustrates some of the conditions and personalities that defined modern American farms and helped make farm management more scientific and more business-like in the years from 1910 to 1960. As a biography of a man who was both an influential academic and a public official, this study provides substance and insight into the transformation of American agriculture. Slaybaugh (history, Saint Michael's College) has written a thorough and well-documented biography that helps to make sense of the life and times of William Myers. It deals with and puts into context Myers's contributions as a teacher, as dean of the College of Agriculture at Cornell, and as a New Deal era bureaucrat who wrote and administered meaningful farm credit legislation, as well as his longtime role as an advocate of modern agribusiness. Although the book is perhaps at times a little overly sympathetic towards Myers and his life, it does amply demonstrate that Myers was indeed remarkably influential during an extraordinary period of American history. Recommended for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. T. E. Sullivan Towson State University
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Reference & Research Book News, May 1997
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