Silent Spring

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Nature - 378 pages
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First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. “Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations . . . [It is] well crafted, fearless and succinct . . . 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 edition celebrates Rachel Carson's watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson 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 the year following the publication ofSilent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964.
 

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What a well written, researched and significant book. - Goodreads
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Over fifty years later and Carson's classic novel that captivated the consciousness of a nation and spurred the onset of the environmental movement still resonnates. Reading of Carson's story after ... Read full review

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A timeless book on the unseen war on the environment and how chemicals are negatively impacting our health and the health of our environment. This book serves to foster outrage and hopefully action. Read full review

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Contents

A FABLE FOR TOMORROW
1
THE OBLIGATION TO ENDURE
5
ELIXIRS OF DEATH
15
SURFACE WATERS AND UNDERGROUND SEAS
39
REALMS OF THE SOIL
53
EARTHS GREEN MANTLE
63
NEEDLESS HAVOC
85
AND NO BIRDS SING
103
THE HUMAN PRICE
187
THROUGH A NARROW WINDOW
199
ONE IN EVERY FOUR
219
NATURE FIGHTS BACK
245
THE RUMBLINGS OF AN AVALANCHE
262
THE OTHER ROAD
277
List of Principal Sources
301
Afterword
357

RIVERS OF DEATH
129
INDISCRIMINATELY FROM THE SKIES
154
BEYOND THE DREAMS OF THE BORGIAS
173

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About the author (2002)

Rachel Carson was born on May 27, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. from the Pennsylvania College for Women in 1929 and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1932. After undertaking postgraduate work at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, she assumed a position as staff biologist at the University of Maryland in 1931. Five years later, she was appointed aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, which later became the Fish and Wildlife Service, and became editor-in-chief of its publications in 1949. Her first book, Under the Sea Wind, was published in 1941. Her next book, The Sea Around Us, won the National Book Award. With her increased success as a writer, she resigned from her position with the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1952 to devote all her time to writing. Her other works included The Edge of the Sea and Silent Spring. She received many honors including the John Burroughs Medal from the John Burroughs Memorial Association; the Frances K. Hutchinson Medal of the Garden Clubs of America; the Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Department of Interior; the Audubon Medal of the National Audubon Society; the gold medal of the New York Zoological Society; and the conservationist of the year award from the National Wildlife Federation. She died of cancer on April 14, 1964. In 1969 the U.S. Department of the Interior named the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine in her honor.

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