Leon Hesser's service as a teenage soldier in the Philippines during World War II, and later with the Army of Occupation in Japan, exposed him to cultures and farming systems that differed from those he had grown up with in the Midwest of the United States. The differences fascinated him. After the war, Hesser married Florence Ellen Life, they had two children, and they farmed in Indiana until he was 30, when his city-bred wife encouraged him to sell the farm business and center Purdue University as a freshman. He earned bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics at Purdue, with emphasis on international agriculture.
"Dr. Borlaug's scientific achievements saved hundreds of millions of lives and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize and the distinction as one of the 100 most influential individuals of the 20th century."Jimmy Carter"This biography of one of the greatest men of our time is written in the same fast-paced, common-sense style that has characterized the amazingly creative life of Norman Borlaug. By revolutionizing food production across the developing world, our highly esteemed Nobel laureate has redeemed the lives of untold millions of people. No one can tell this story of Dr. Borlaug better than his fellow agriculturist and development authority, Dr. Leon Hesser."George McGovern"Borlaug is a complicated man, somehow balancing contradictions. He is the scientist and the dirt farmer; the advocate of common sense and the master of political subtleties; the humanitarian and the pugnacious fighter; the idealist and the consultant of governments of every political ideology. He has been called a peaceful revolutionary, and the tension in that term--between benevolence and aggressiveness--seems particularly apt."Paul Dienhart, Former Director of Athletics, University of Minnesota"Dr. Borlaug's scientific achievements prevented mass starvation and death in South Asia and the Middle East. I have been particularly impressed by his work in Africa...Dr. Borlaug is an American hero and a world icon."George H. W. Bush