Silent Spring

Silent Spring

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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2002
Edition: 40th anniversary ed. 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618253050
061825305X
9780618249060
0618249060
Branch Call Number: 632 C38s 2002
Characteristics: xix, 378 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Join the discussion on January 23, 2017. Carson documents the detrimental effects on the environment — particularly on birds — of the indiscriminate use of pesticides.


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PoeticallyA
Apr 12, 2017

This is a great and eye-opening piece of nonfiction. Carson writes not only with the authority of her scientific research and knowledge, but in a prose that seems to transport you to the scenes of nature she is yearning to protect. If you want more background on the importance of environmental law and the Environmental Protection Agency, this is a good starting place. Many "science-y" books are chopped full of technical jargon and concepts, Carson breaks down the science and actually teaches you, rather than lecturing facts at you.

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ryner
Apr 04, 2017

In this classic work of 1962, biologist Rachel Carson details alarming, detailed accounts of the ecologically and biologically disastrous effects of applying chemicals to our environment. As a reader 55 years later, I was simultaneously aghast and hopeful that, surely, what we've learned from the science in the last half-century results in fewer haphazard and negligent practices. However, given the recent threats to the EPA, an agency whose mission is to protect human health and the environment, I'm no longer feeling that optimism.

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tayli170
Nov 18, 2012

Basically, this book is a truckload of propaganda about how we're killing all of the earth with pesticides. But if you can slog through the tedious language, it's worth reading.

I might try this book.

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johnsankey
Nov 19, 2011

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

djbpatron Apr 30, 2011

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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Tashi
May 01, 2010

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.

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