William Rathje is Director of the Garbage Project in the Bureau of Applied Reserach in Anthropology and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Cullen Murphy is Managing Editor of and a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly. He lives in Boston.
"A mother lode of valuable information . . . There ain't no flies on this book."--Wall Street Journal "It demolishes myths that hamper our ability to act sensibly; as a nice bonus, it entertains as it goes about its business."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "Readers will be impressed by Rathje and Murphy's delightfully fresh take on the human foibles and the garbage heaps of history."--Washington Post Book World "A lucid and provocative book."--New York Times Book Review "An almost joyous iconoclasm about a vexatious subject."--Boston Sunday Globe