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Silent Spring

Carson, Rachel (Book - 2002 )
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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.
Authors: Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964
Title: Silent spring
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2002
Edition: 40th anniversary ed. 1st Mariner Books ed
Characteristics: xix, 378 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Rachel Carson ; with a [new] introduction by Linda Lear & [new] afterword by Edward O. Wilson ; [drawings by Lois and Louis Darling]
Notes: Originally published: 1962
Contents: A fable for tomorrow
The obligation to endure
Elixirs of death
Surface waters and underground seas
Realms of the soil
Earth's green mantle
Needless havoc
And no birds sing
Rivers of death
Indiscriminately from the skies
Beyond the dreams of the Borgias
The human price
Through a narrow window
One in every four
Nature fights back
The Rumblings of an avalanche
The other road
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 061825305X
9780618253050
9780618249060
0618249060
Branch Call Number: 632 C38s 2002
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-355) and index
Subject Headings: Pesticides Environmental aspects Pesticides Toxicology Pesticides and wildlife Insect pests Biological control
Topical Term: Pesticides
Pesticides
Pesticides and wildlife
Insect pests
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Nov 09, 2013
  • Tashi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book made be sad and scared the first time I read it many years ago.
Rachel Carson was one of the first environmentalist who tried to make the rest of us understand how in danger our world is and how much damage had already been done to the ecosystem.
Great read.

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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