Control Freaks by Joseph A. D’Agostino

Control Freaks

Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population
by Matthew Connelly
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008
(521 pages, $35.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Joseph A. D’Agostino

The eighth of eight children in a Catholic family, Matthew Connelly grew up in a time when the elite opinion frantically pushed population control as essential for the salvation of mankind, and he admits in Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population that he may have taken it personally.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when America’s cultural revolution was being institutionalized, “one of the few certainties of that troubled time . . .