- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Anniversary edition (October 22, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618249060
- ISBN-13: 978-0618249060
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (559 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Silent Spring, released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists. Rachel Carson's book focused on the poisons from insecticides, weed killers, and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture, a practice that led to dangerous chemicals to the food source. Carson argued that those chemicals were more dangerous than radiation and that for the first time in history, humans were exposed to chemicals that stayed in their systems from birth to death. Presented with thorough documentation, the book opened more than a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world and stands today as a landmark work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Her book is a cry to the reading public to help curb private and public programs which by use of poisons will end by destroying life on earth. ... Miss Carson, with the fervor of an Ezekiel, is trying to save nature and mankind ... -- The New York Times Book Review, Lorus Milne and Margery Milne --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's beautifully written in a very gentle style. The facts surrounding DDT contamination are clearly and carefully laid out, and the reader is allowed the freedom to draw personal conclusions.
Reading "Silent Spring" was an interesting experience: I was reminded several times that this single book changed the world by raising public awareness of chemical pollution. This new awareness in turn gave rise to the modern environmental movement. I grew up in the 60s; what people take for granted now was revolutionary then, and Rachel Carson was a key initiator of those changes.
I live in the country and couldn't believe one of our neighbors selling us corn on the cob who told us that he really wished that he could DDT. I was astonished that a new generation has forgotten how we nearly made bald eagles extinct and poisoned ourselves by poisoning the insects, birds etc. that form the chain of life.
This should be mandatory reading in schools as the lessons of nature herein have been forgotten.