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Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 13, No. 2, 2003. Copyright © 2003 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This perceptive, richly illustrated yet compact book is a real jewel. Its span is broad, briefly reaching back to the turn of the century, then carefully documenting the development of modern industrial agriculture. It does not stop there, however. After showing us how the unprecedented scientific and technological advances of the twentieth century triggered the agricultural revolution, it moves on to international dimensions and the functioning of US public agricultural policies. Then, against this storybook background, the authors share their gaze into the twenty-first century.