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"If any book can do justice to the important legacy of Rachel Carson, it is this one. Powerfully and clearly written, this is an important contribution to both environmental and literary understanding." --Derrick Jensen, environmentalist, one of Utne Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" and author of Endgame.

" Rachel Carson had one of those exemplary lives always worth learning more about--her career was varied and important long before it climaxed with Silent Spring, and this book provides a concise and very useful account!" --Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

About the Author

Arlene R. Quaratiello (Durham, NH) is an adjunct instructor of English at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. She is the author of The College Student’s Research Companion, 4th ed. (2007).
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; Reprint edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616141875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616141875
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mikhail Ali on August 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Most readers will know of "Silent Spring", however, this biography from the Greenwood series, is an apt and well formulated summary of the epitomy of the cirumstances that created Rachel Carson's legacy.
It is a quick read that provides cursory insight. My only criticism is that the intensity that is the persona of Rachel Carson comes off somewhat languid and apolitical, although this is understandable in the intent of composing a brief biography. Highly recommended to accompany any high school student's project on the history of environmentalism, or on the naturalist movement.
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I really enjoyed this book a lot, mostly I think because I really feel we owe this wonderful woman all kinds of thank yous! I remember exactly how I felt at Edisto Beach, as the lovely old brown pelicans died out, till we went one year and hardly saw one. Then just a couple of years after the great Ms. Carson aroused the world to the dangers of pesticides, the pelicans and other water birds we loved so much at the beach began to increase again, and we all knew it was thanks, a million thanks, to Ms. Carson. This book must have been written as a labor of love to honor that fabulous woman who started the world's consciousness toward saving the other creatures with whom we must share this wonderful place. Thanks to the author, and to Ms. Carson.
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Rachel Carson is an American icon, she not only stands out as an avid environmentalist but she is one of the contemporary female writers who translated the mysterious beauty of nature into poetic literature for the layperson. This recent short edition examining the life of Rachel Carson attempts to diagnose the influences that molded this remarkable woman, who maintained her identity and dignity in the ‘man’s world’ of the 40’s and 50’s. The author dryly covers the details of her formative years, the influence of her mother in shaping her love of nature, and her education where she initially majored in English but became enamored of the sciences and switched her emphasis to the latter. Her classic books //Under the Sea-Wind//, //The Sea Around Us//, and //The Edge of the Sea// are reviewed as are the controversies engendered by her criticism of synthetic chemicals and their interference in the interdependence of natural processes. Rachel Carson has been viewed in different lights as the public became aware of the dangers that resulted from meddling with the natural interactions. While the facts are present, this short history lacks the sense of wonder that was the essence of Rachel Carson. An earlier biography by Linda Lear, also used as a resource for this book, would be more satisfying.
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Each book about Rachel Carson, has a slightly different angle, and some new information. This was well worth the price.
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an important work. she is an amazing thinker and example for all of us.
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