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Title:
The man who fed the world : Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug and his battle to end world hunger : an authorized biography
ISBN:
9781930754904
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Dallas, Texas : Durban House Publishing Company, Inc., 2006.
Physical Description:
xi, 259 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Summary

The Man Who Fed the World provides a loving and respectful portrait of one of America's greatest heroes. Nobel Peace Prize recipient for averting hunger and famine, Dr. Norman Borlang is credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives from starvation-more than any other person in history? Loved by millions around the world, Dr. Borlang is recognized as one of the most influential men of the twentieth century.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for the remarkable efforts begun 30 years earlier, and which continue to this day, agriculturalist Norman Borlaug most recently joined Jimmy Carter working in Africa and in recent years tackled successful projects in China. But his earliest claim to fame was his painstaking fieldwork in Mexico during the 1940s, when the prairie-raised Iowan developed strains of disease-resistant wheat, training local scientists to spread his breakthrough methods to other countries. Working over the years with the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, he was later responsible for averting famine in Pakistan and India, where hope for feeding their huge populations was almost nonexistent; characteristically, Borlaug maintained his sense of humility and wonder throughout: "The enthusiasm everywhere bordered on mania. I have never seen anywhere in agriculture such euphoria...." Author Hesser, an old friend and colleague of Borlaug, is well versed in the food production revolution that Borlaug helped create (encompassing wheat, rice and maize, and still branching out), and an able writer whose direct voice evokes the Midwest spirit of its subject. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Letter from Dr. Norman Borlaugp. xiii
Chapter 1 Growing Up on an Iowa Farmp. 1
Chapter 2 A Budding Scientist at the University of Minnesotap. 15
Chapter 3 The Rockefeller Foundation Offers Borlaug a Challengep. 27
Chapter 4 Borlaug Builds a Revolutionary Wheat Breeding Programp. 41
Chapter 5 Rockefeller's Mexico Program Goes Internationalp. 67
Chapter 6 Famine is Averted in Indiap. 76
Chapter 7 Father of the Green Revolutionp. 91
Chapter 8 Margaret Copes with Lonelinessp. 105
Chapter 9 The Birth of a Global Network of Research and Trainingp. 111
Chapter 10 The Nobel Peace Prizep. 125
Chapter 11 Launching the World Food Prizep. 136
Chapter 12 Borlaug in Chinap. 147
Chapter 13 Norman Borlaug and Jimmy Carter Join Hands for Africap. 156
Chapter 14 Feeding 10 Billion Peoplep. 170
Chapter 15 Distinguished Professorp. 185
Chapter 16 Norman Borlaug's Legacyp. 193
Chapter 17 Reflections of a Humble Hero of Hungerp. 201
Epiloguep. 209
Acknowledgementsp. 215
About the Authorp. 216
Appendix A Norman Ernest Borlaug's Ancestral Heritagep. 217
Appendix B List of Norman E. Borlaug's Awardsp. 221
Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 243