- Hardcover: 634 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt & Co; 1st edition (September 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805034277
- ISBN-13: 978-0805034271
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature Hardcover – September, 1997
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Environmental historian Linda Lear does justice to the tragic dimensions of Rachel Carson's life in her prologue, which shows the author of Silent Spring, even as she was dying of cancer, testifying calmly before a congressional subcommittee whose investigation of the dangers of pesticides were prompted by her book. Lear portrays Carson (1907-1964) with affection and discernment as a remarkable woman who overcame prejudice against female scientists and aroused post-World War II America to the beauties of nature and the technological threats against it in a series of deservedly popular books.
From Library Journal
From childhood days, Carson loved nature while showing enormous promise as an author. In college, she began as an English major before switching to biology, and in her federal government job, she used her scientific training to write many publications. In 1951, Carson published her first best seller, The Sea Around Us. Ten years later, while fighting a losing battle with breast cancer, she published Silent Spring, which generated enormous controversy. Environmental historian Lear presents a mostly affectionate and satisfying portrait of Carson. An afterword with information on what happened to Carson's ward, Roger; her close friend Dorothy Freeman; and others would have been appreciated. Lear also fails to explore fully the contradictions in Carson's life, such as her willingness to abide familial manipulations while letting nothing stand in her way when working on a project. Nevertheless, this is an excellent treatment of a founder of modern environmentalism. Recommended.
-?Randy Dykhuis, Michigan Lib. Consortium, Lansing
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Linda Lear's biography of Carson is the most detailed accounting of Rachel Caron's complicated life I have ever read. I now want to develop a college course around Carson based on Lear's book. I've now picked up Carson's earlier books on the ocean because of the passions I learned in Lear's biography of Carson. I feel the spirit moving within me to be as committed to the environment as Carson, even though I could only be a fraction as influential. You want to know why?
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