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  • Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2002], c1962.
  • Year Published: 1962
  • Edition: 40th anniversary ed.
  • Description: xix, 378 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 061825305X
  • 0618249060 :

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Silent spring

by Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964.

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Call number: 632.9 Ca

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor

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"A Mariner book."

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Amazing... and important

An amazing and classic book that was largely responsible for bringing the environmental movement to the general public.

I was largely struck by how much it is like the current book _Slow Death by Rubber Duck_, except Carson was writing about DDT (not much in use now) and other "new" (to the time) pesticides while _Slow Death_ is about all the chemicals deliberately worked into our household products (phthalates, PCBs, PFCs, etc.). I wonder if some years in the future people will read _Slow Death_ with as much head shaking and "why didn't they pay attention?" as I read _Silent Spring_.

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First published in 1962, "Silent Spring" is the first (or at least one of the first) books about how humans are destroying the environment. "Silent Spring" focuses on the devastating effects the artificial pesticide DDT had on the environment, particularly birds. The book led to a grassroots nationwide movement to ban the chemical and the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Many people attacked Carson for the work, including accusing her of not caring about the future because she had no children of her own (although she was raising her orphaned nephew). President Jimmy Carter posthumously awarded Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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