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Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964
Silent spring / Rachel Carson ; introduction by Linda Lear ; afterword by Edward O. Wilson ; [drawings by Lois and Louis Darling]
40th anniversary ed
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002, c1962
book jacket
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 4th Floor  SB959 .C3 2002    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Pesticides -- Environmental aspects
Pesticides -- Toxicology
Pesticides and wildlife
Insect pests -- Biological control
Physical Description xix, 378 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-355) and index
"A Mariner book."
Contents Introduction -- Fable for tomorrow -- Obligation to endure -- Elixirs of death -- Surface waters and underground seas -- Realms of the soil -- Earth's green mantle -- Needless havoc -- And no birds sing -- Rivers of death -- Indiscriminately from the skies -- Beyond the dreams of the borgias -- Human price -- Through a narrow window -- One in every four -- Nature fights back -- Rumblings of an avalanche -- Other road -- List of principal sources -- Afterword / Edward O. Wilson
Summary First Published in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. "Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations ... Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters" (Peter Matthiessen, for Time's "100 Most Influential People of the Century"). This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates Rachel Carson's watershed book with new essays by the author and scientist Edward O. Wilson and the acclaimed biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson's courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in 1963, the year following the publication of Silent Spring and before her untimely death

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