Journal of Global History

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Synthetic and temperate rubber in the interwar years and during the Second World War

William G. Clarence-Smitha1

a1 Department of History, SOAS, University of London, UK E-mail:

Growing American rubber: strategic plants and the politics of national security By Mark Finlay. Studies in Modern Science, Technology, and the Environment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009. Pp. xiii + 317. Hardback £42.50/US$49.95, ISBN 978-0-8135-4483-0.

Plant breeding and agrarian research in Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institutes, 1933–1945: calories, caoutchouc, careers By Susanne Heim. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 260. New York: Springer, 2008. Pp. x + 222. Hardback £103.50, ISBN 978-1-4020-6717-4.

Hell’s cartel: IG Farben and the making of Hitler’s war machine By Diarmuid Jeffreys. London: Bloomsbury, 2008. Pp. 406. Hardback £20.00, ISBN 9780747580928.