[]
[]

On A Farther Shore

The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
Souder, William (eBook - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
On A Farther Shore
Print

Item Details

Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides.
Authors: Souder, William, 1949-
Title: On a farther shore
the life and legacy of Rachel Carson
[downloadable ebook]
Publisher: [S.l.] : Crown Publishing Group, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Statement of Responsibility: William Souder
Contents: Water World
Miss Carson's Book
Bright as the Mid-day Sun
Biologizing
The English Connection and the Ocean Deep
This Beautiful and Sublime World
Author Triumphant
Silent Spring
Dorothy
The Enduring Sea
Earth on Fire
Collateral Damage
High Tides and Low
Summary: Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides.
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library
ISBN: 0307462226
9780307462220
Branch Call Number: Downloadable ebook
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
System Details: Requires 3M Cloud Library (file size: 2.2 MB)
Format: Adobe EPUB
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Headings: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Environmentalists & Naturalists Environmental ethics United States History Environmentalism United States History Pesticides Environmental aspects United States History Science writers United States Biography Environmentalists United States Biography Naturalists United States Biography Marine biologists United States Biography Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964 Influence Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964. Silent spring Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964
Genre/Form: Downloadable ebook
Topical Term: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Women
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Environmentalists & Naturalists
Environmental ethics
Environmentalism
Pesticides
Science writers
Environmentalists
Naturalists
Marine biologists
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Souder, William, 1949- On a farther shore. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishing Group, c2012 9780307462206 (DLC) 2012003077 (OCoLC)769424501
LCCN: 2012003077
MARC Display»

Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Rachel Carson’s fourth and most famous book Silent Spring was published 50 years ago. This evocative biography of the seminal force behind the environmental movement is a true gem. Souder follows Carson from her early days in a multigenerational family through her educational career, her development as a writer and scientist, and her growing love for the sea and awakening to the realization that the earth and all who dwell thereon are in peril. An enormous amount of research evolves into a beautiful and moving tribute to one of the earth’s true champions.

Rachel Carson is one of my favorite scientists. She was quite practical to see the potential dangers, and dangers of pesticides on the fragile ecosystem, and she was very advanced in her ability to see the extent of potential future damage to the environment by a variety of human impositions. Her work is eternal, with many applications today and in the future. Some of the book was excellent, but I did not like the delve into her very personal relationships--she is not alive to protect her privacy, and how accurate or well-rounded it is, is questionnable.

In 1962, marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson published what would become her magnum opus, Silent Spring. Already a bestselling author, Carson reached her biggest audience yet through her meticulously researched yet accessible discussion of environmental issues -- especially those caused by synthetic pesticides. This "expansive, nuanced" (Publishers Weekly) biography of Carson examines not only her career and the impact of her work on public policy, but also her carefully guarded private life -- which she struggled to protect in the face of both unexpected celebrity and opposition from the chemical industry. For a fascinating glimpse at the life of a woman scientist whose ideas proved prescient -- and remain largely relevant today -- don't miss this book.

From Nature and Science newsletter December 2012
http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=581853

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.