Silent Spring: The Classic that Launched the Environmental Movement

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Silent Spring: The Classic that Launched the Environmental Movement

Introduction by Linda Lear
Afterword by Edward O. Wilson
by Rachel Carson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 22, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Silent Spring: The Classic that Launched the Environmental Movement is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Rachel Carson''sSilent Springwas first published in three serialized excerpts in theNew Yorkerin June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson''s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: October 22, 2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618249060

ISBN - 13: 9780618249060

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Used for school 3.5 stars. Had to read this for my pesticide report in grade 11 chemistry. It was an interesting read but I would have never picked this book up on my own.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I'm about a third of the way through the book and I I feel as if this book have changed my views on the environment for the rest of my life. The fact that Rachel Carson wrote this in the 60's, and it's still relevent to this day indicates how ahead of the times she was. A must read for any environmental enthusiasts or aspiring David Suzukis
Date published: 2010-07-30

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Silent Spring: The Classic that Launched the Environmental Movement

Introduction by Linda Lear
Afterword by Edward O. Wilson
by Rachel Carson

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: October 22, 2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618249060

ISBN - 13: 9780618249060

Read from the Book

Introduction by Linda Lear Headlines in the New York Times in July 1962 captured the national sentiment: ?Silent Spring is now noisy summer." In the few months between the New Yorker''s serialization of Silent Spring in June and its publication in book form that September, Rachel Carson''s alarm touched off a national debate on the use of chemical pesticides, the responsibility of science, and the limits of technological progress. When Carson died barely eighteen months later in the spring of 1964, at the age of fifty-six, she had set in motion a course of events that would result in a ban on the domestic production of DDT and the creation of a grass-roots movement demanding protection of the environment through state and federal regulation. Carson''s writing initiated a transformation in the relationship between humans and the natural world and stirred an awakening of public environmental consciousness. It is hard to remember the cultural climate that greeted Silent Spring and to understand the fury that was launched against its quietly determined author. Carson''s thesis that we were subjecting ourselves to slow poisoning by the misuse of chemical pesticides that polluted the environment may seem like common currency now, but in 1962 Silent Spring contained the kernel of social revolution. Carson wrote at a time of new affluence and intense social conformity. The cold war, with its climate of suspicion and intolerance, was at its zenith. The chemical industry, one of the ch
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Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments viii
  • Introduction by Linda Lear x
  • 1 A Fable For Tomorrow 1
  • 2 The Obligation To Endure 5
  • 3 Elixirs of Death 15
  • 4 Surface Waters and Underground Seas 39
  • 5 Realms of the Soil 53
  • 6 Earth''s Green Mantle 63
  • 7 Needless Havoc 85
  • 8 And No Birds Sing 103
  • 9 Rivers of Death 129
  • 10 Indiscriminately from the Skies 154
  • 11 Beyond the Dreams of the Borgias 173
  • 12 The Human Price 187
  • 13 Through a Narrow Window 199
  • 14 One in Every Four 219
  • 15 Nature Fights Back 245
  • 16 The Rumblings of an Avalanche 262
  • 17 The Other Road 277
  • List of Principal Sources 301
  • Afterword by Edward O. Wilson 357
  • Index 365

From the Publisher

Rachel Carson''sSilent Springwas first published in three serialized excerpts in theNew Yorkerin June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson''s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) spent most of her professional life as a marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. By the late 1950s, she had written three lyrical, popular books about the sea, including the best-selling The Sea Around Us, and had become the most respected science writer in America. She completed Silent Spring against formidable personal odds, and with it shaped a powerful social movement that has altered the course of history.
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