eBook Friday: Silent Spring

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson:

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.


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2 responses to “eBook Friday: Silent Spring

  1. About 5 years ago I was asked to present a reaction to a showing of a video about this book and the author. As I visited two local libraries to locate a copy and spoke with young library employees about the book, I wasn’t surprised if they hadn’t read it; I was surprised that they gave no indication of even recognizing the title or author. The book is now somewhat outdated as a source of information about pesticides. Those products are much safer and less persistent in the environment today thanks largely to Rachel Carson’s work. But consumers should still be aware that products available at Lowes may be among the most hazardous.

  2. Didn’t mean to single out Lowes. Hazardous stuff is available at many retail outlets (not the least of which includes solvents).

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