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Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 13, No.1, 2003. Copyright © 2003 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


A book written by an environmental historian who proclaims that weeds are "more than vegetative shadows of capitalist farmers" but instead "both products of and participants in culture" is bound to stimulate an interest in and reaction to his work. The War on Weeds does just that. It is both informative and provocative in broaching a subject most people would easily dismiss as irrelevant to the settlement of the West.