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"A riddle: Why has the scientist who has arguably had the greatest impact on the course of post-World War II science been almost entirely ignored by mainstream historians of science? Because his accomplishments were as a social activist rather than as a scientist. But now, at long last, Barry Commoner's supremely important challenge to the morphing of Big Science into handmaiden of the chemical and nuclear industries has been recognized and admirably recounted by Michael Egan. Bravo, Mr. Egan, for filling in a large blank in recent history of science."--Clifford D. Conner, author of *A People's History of Science*
"Egan tells an absorbing tale about a remarkable man who is insightful, persistent, iconoclastic, informed, and optimistic." Sylvia N. Tesh American Scientist
"Egan's telling of the life, science, and politics of Barry Commoner reminds us of a time when scientists could be activists, and science and activism could coexist." Jody A. Roberts Chemical Heritage