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Contributed by Jack Wang on 09/20/2011
Congratulations to Associate Professor Fred Wilcox in the Department of Writing on the publication of Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam, recently released by Seven Stories Press. Scorched Earth is the first book to chronicle the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment, where, even today, more than 3 million people—including 500,000 children—are sick and dying from birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses that can be directly traced to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure.
Of Scorched Earth, Noam Chomsky writes, "Focusing on one central element, chemical warfare, Wilcox’s harrowing study spells out the record with shattering clarity, relying on personal testimony, visual imagery, and cold fact. No decent person can fail to be appalled, or to be inspired to do what we can to help the victims: the suffering people and the ravaged land."
Fred Wilcox has published articles on chemical warfare, environmental activism, mental health, trauma, and addiction, and has appeared on 100+ radio and television programs as a trusted authority among veterans and academics alike on the Vietnam War and its aftereffects. His other works include Waiting For an Army To Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange (recently reissued by Seven Stories Press), Fighting the Lamb's War: The Autobiography of Philip Berrigan (now an Authors Guild Backinprint.com Edition), and Dissidents and Disciples: Creating Hope in the Emperor's Apocalyptic World.