Rachel Carson's exposure of the effects of the indiscriminate use of chemicals which describes how pesticides and insecticides are applied almost universally to farms, forests, gardens and homes with scant regard to the contamination of the environment and the destruction of wildlife. She argues that unless we recognize that human beings are only a part of the living world, our progressive poisoning of the planet will end in catastrophe.
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Carson's books brought ecology into popular consciousness ( Daily Telegraph)
If anybody asked me to write about my hero, it would be Rachel Carson (A. S. Byatt)
Rachel Carson educated a planet... One of the most effective books ever written ( Guardian)
Carson's book has changed the world ( The Times)
Rachel Carson (1907-64) wanted to be a writer for as long as she could remember. Her first book, Under the Sea Wind, appeared in 1941. Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the dangers of the misuse of pesticides, was published in 1962. Carson's articles on natural history appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Reader's Digest and Holiday. An ardent ecologist and preservationist, Carson warned against the dumping of atomic waste at sea and predicted global warming. The Edge of the Sea, which completed her biography of the sea, is also published in Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics. Rachel Carson died of cancer at the age of 56.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140138919