Written at a time when science writing and literature didn't mesh and when people didn't care or think about the environment, pollutants, or preserving natural resources, Silent Spring not only exposed the dangers of pesticides but became one of the most influential manifestos on environmental issues. This book explores Silent Spring's historical context and its influence on and repercussions for the world.
Carson used it as an introduction to a very scientifically complicated and already controversial subject. Kennedy read it in the summer ofSilent Spring was published in August and became an instant best-seller and the most talked about book in decades.
Utilizing her many sources in federal science and in private research, Carson spent over six years documenting her analysis that humans were misusing powerful, persistent, chemical pesticides before knowing the full extent of their potential harm to the whole biota.
She calls for humans to act responsibly, carefully, and as stewards of the living earth.
Additionally Silent Spring suggested a needed change in how democracies and liberal societies operated so that individuals and groups could question what their governments allowed others to put into the environment.
Far from calling for sweeping changes in government policy, Carson believed the federal government was part of the problem. Carson expected criticism, but she did not expect to be personally vilified by the chemical industry and its allies in and out of government. She spent her last years courageously defending the truth of her conclusions until her untimely death in Silent Spring inspired the modern environmental movement, which began in earnest a decade later.Synopsis.
Biologist Rachel Carson alerted the world to the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides. Her best-known book, Silent Spring, led to a presidential commission that largely Born: May 27, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – review her book The Sea Around Us was a runaway bestseller from , and I remember it affectionately as the beginning of my science instruction.
You wouldn. Silent Spring Carson used it as an introduction to a very scientifically complicated and already controversial subject. This “fable” made an indelible impression on readers and was used by critics to charge that Carson was a fiction writer and not a scientist.
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 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/5().
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in , did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to inspire a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history.
This definitive, sweeping biography shows the origins of Carson's fierce dedication to natural. Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, – April 14, ) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.4/5.