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Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is now 35 years old. Written over the years 1958 to 1962, it took a hard look at the effects of insecticides and pesticides on songbird populations throughout the United States, whose declining numbers yielded the silence to which her title attests. "What happens in nature is not allowed to happen in the modern, chemical-drenched world," she writes, "where spraying destroys not only the insects but also their principal enemy, the birds. When later there is a resurgence of the insect population, as almost always happens, the birds are not there to keep their numbers in check." The publication of her impeccably reported text helped change that trend by setting off a wave of environmental legislation and galvanizing the nascent ecological movement. It is justly considered a classic, and it is well worth rereading today. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This new edition of Carson's classic features a new introduction by Vice President Al Gore.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This book is probably one of the more important ever written, and the thought that Rachel Carson was dying of breast cancer while writing it makes it even more powerful... Read morePublished 10 days ago by t
Really good book... I used it for Public Health Environmental Justice class!Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Davis
Time has proven Rachel Carson correct. Herb warnings about how the indiscriminate use of pesticides would harm the environment and cause the extinction of many life forms while... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank A. Franco
Exceptional read. Any one familiar with the works of Leopold,Abbey,or Wilson will love this. Classic for a reason don't put off reading this anymore.Published 1 month ago by Frank
Pure drivel and responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions based on scare mongering, not evidence. We, as a race, were close to eradicating malaria through the use of DDT. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Travis