Silent Spring

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Nature - 378 pages
First published by Houghton Mifflin 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 . . . [It is] well crafted, fearless and succinct . . . 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 edition celebrates Rachel Carson's watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson 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 the year following the publication ofSilent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964.
 

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Contents

A FABLE FOR TOMORROW
1
THE OBLIGATION TO ENDURE
5
ELIXIRS OF DEATH
15
SURFACE WATERS AND UNDERGROUND SEAS
39
REALMS OF THE SOIL
53
EARTHS GREEN MANTLE
63
NEEDLESS HAVOC
85
AND NO BIRDS SING
103
THE HUMAN PRICE
187
THROUGH A NARROW WINDOW
199
ONE IN EVERY FOUR
219
NATURE FIGHTS BACK
245
THE RUMBLINGS OF AN AVALANCHE
262
THE OTHER ROAD
277
List of Principal Sources
301
Afterword
357

RIVERS OF DEATH
129
INDISCRIMINATELY FROM THE SKIES
154
BEYOND THE DREAMS OF THE BORGIAS
173

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RACHEL CARSON, 1907-1964, spent a good deal of her professional life as a marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her first three books -- Under the Sea-Wind, The Sea Around Us, and The Edge of the Sea -- established her reputation as a first-rate writer on the natural world.

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