Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in 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,... show more
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in 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. In 2012 we invite you to join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of this great work.
Publish date: October 22nd 2002
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Pages no: 378
Edition language: English
Very important book, but very... report-like. The writing isn't even bad, it's just the format. Chapter about birds. Birds have been dying here and here and here. Cause turns out to be pesticide. In this case it turned out to be this pesticide, in that case it was that pesticide. Chapter about river...
I first read this book around 35 or 40 years ago. I will say there is a good reason it is a classic. A pivotal book that was treated unkindly in the 60's but has endured all these years. It now seems to be the most oft quoted book regarding the environment and the birth of the environmental movem...
Because all of the quotes I’ve read from Silent Spring have been emotional appeals, I was worried the book would be all poetic descriptions, poorly grounded in science. Instead I found that, as the introduction claimed, Rachel Carson not only had a “lyrical, poetic voice” but also offered sound “sc...
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.
Once you get past the textbook feel and Rachel bludgeoning you over the head with repeated facts (especially in the first half), this book actually has some real merit. It's interesting to read a book like this 50+ years later and still find some real important somethings in it. Yeah, DDT was outlaw...
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