Silent Spring

Carson, Rachel

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Silent Spring
First published in 1962, this book alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides. The outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. "Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations ... Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters" (Peter Matthiessen, for Time's "100 Most Influential People of the Century"). This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates the author's watershed book with new essays by the author and scientist Edward O. Wilson and the acclaimed biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson's courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in 1963, the year following the publication of Silent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2002
Edition: 40th anniversary ed. 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 061825305X
Branch Call Number: 632 C38s 2002
Characteristics: xix, 378 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm


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Oct 17, 2012
  • johnsankey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

the book that first described the dangers of widespread use of pesticides, written with scientific accuracy and human emotion.

Apr 30, 2011
  • djbpatron rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While a sixth printing, this issue dates from the mid-sixties. So it is bereft of claims of the book's impact, ala "An alarming portrait of man made devastation" or "The book that changed the world". So a publisher or reviewer does not tell the reader what to think; instead it is straight and unadorned. The reader is treated as intelligent, left to come to her/his own conclusion. Carson is surprisingly lyrical in some passages.


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