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Silent Spring [Paperback]

Rachel Carson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Silent Spring Sept. 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is an excellent book. Although Carson published the book over 30 years ago, its message about the dangers of pesticides and man's attempts to control nature are true today. Clearly an environmentalist, Carson presents a balanced picture of how pesticides contaminate our water, atmosphere, and food. For example, she examines how DDT used to control worms, ants, and grubs ultimately kills birds and other mammals and enters our streams and lakes from runoff and kills fish. She examines the history of Clear Lake, California, where scientists used a pesticide to destroy a small gnat that annoyed fishermen. The pesticide was later found in birds, fish and larger predators. Scientists discovered that initial small doses of the insecticide increases as it is consumed along the food chain and that as waters are contaminated with pesticides, there is a danger that cancer-producing substances are being introduced, too.
While Carson accepts some limited pesticide use, she fully supports biological solutions which she feels can be used to control unwanted insect and plant populations without compromising our health. For example, she points out that in California, scientists brought in two species of beetle to control the unwanted Klamath weed. She uses our fight against the Japanese beetle as another support for biological solutions to unwanted insects. In the East, scientists used an imported parasitic wasp and the milky spore disease to wipe out the Japanese beetle. In Michigan and Illinois, scientists dusted with aldrin and dieldrin to control the beetle. The pesticides only endangered birds, rabbits, muskrats, fish and people and did not solve the Japanese beetle problem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A revolution being started... Nov. 26 2001
Format:Library Binding
Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" is just defined in one word: Revolutionary.
The author take us beyond our trashy city-park, beyond our polluted city, she takes us to explore the world being attacked by the human kind.
"Silent Spring" was published a couple of decades ago, but we can see that what this book said was true and what Rachel Carson predicted is yet becoming our reality.
The book is very interesting and we may appreciate that the author made a huge research in this topic, basically DDT spraying and treatment.
The book emphasizes on the problems pesticides cause, not only to humans but to nature itself. The author tries to change people thoughts, and make us aware of the danger this chemicals being poured into our fields represent.
The book also gives alternatives to common pesticides and investigates each case of alternatives that is, or was, used.
As we know, Rachel Carson wrote this book long ago, making it now old, or out of date, but as you read it you realize that "Silent Spring" is clearly showing our modern date ecological problems.
So, with all this, I think Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" is a magnificent book, a bit polluted in the way is written, but a magnificent work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars review for silent spring Feb. 10 2004
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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson provides an in-depth look of how the world was changing in the 1940s and 50s. After World War II, man began to develop very hazardous chemicals and decided to combat the insects without, many times, legitamste reasons. Carson's analysis of these new chemicals, such as DDT, was revolutionary and changed the scope of how these pesticides were handled in the future. she provides many real life examples and paints a very grim picture in order to try to reach out to the ignorant people of the time. the common person was very unaware of the potential danger these chemicals presented to them. Carson talks about many relevant topics including the effects on wildlife, livestock, the water, and even humans. she is able to tell the story by breaking down complex science terms for the common person to understand. Overall the book was very engrossing, but at times it can be a bit repetitive. It was a stepping stone to awareness of the situation at the time. You can even say with the help of carson the end of the world as we know it was averted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moderation is the Key. Dec 6 2003
By Butch
When one thinks of the American Environmental & Conservation Movement such names as Emerson, Thoreau, Muir, and T. Roosevelt naturally come to mind. But for me personally the two works of naturalist literature that mean the most are Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac. For me Rachel and Aldo are the American Patron Saints of Environmentalism. I will address myself here to Silent Spring and Miss Carson. Silent Spring is not as much about pesticides as it is about standing up to greed and ignorance. That her detractors never seem to get this is more of a comment on their level of awareness than on Rachel's scientific opinion. Science changes, greed does not. No thinking person can honestly say that there have not been many excesses over the years by Corporate America where health versus profit is concerned. Witness the Tobacco Seven testifying to Congress that it has never been scientifically proven that nicotine is addictive. Sadly, there are always those willing to pretend that the Emperors New Clothes are quite the fashion statement. Scientific opinion is for sale to the highest bidder. When I see the pot shots against Miss Carson taken from the cheap seats of ignorance and irresponsibility it makes me want to stand at Rachel's side and look the Devil in the eye in a most ungentlemanly way. But correcting a mocker is rarely wise as the meaner the spirit the duller the mind. Instead, I will appeal to those of you that care about life on Mother Earth. I should point out that a person does not have to be a Pantheist to revere and honor our planetary home. And yet, in a very real sense the Earth is our mother for we come out of this world and not into it. Terrorists of every ilk simply do not get it. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the science people among us.
If you can appreciate that when she wrote this book, the entire continent was in a totally complacent attitude, and not bash her for being a doomsday profit, then you'll get a lot... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Heather Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Fast delivery. Thanks a bunch.
Published 2 months ago by matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking
Amazingly well written, and still relevant 50 years after the fact. Carson was simply a brilliant mind. A read worth anyone and everyone's time.
Published 4 months ago by Jeff Showers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Hard to find writers like this these days.
Such a great writer from a great mind. A true test easily passed by her questions and concerns that still stand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Spring Review
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published in 1962 and is arguably the most famous and influential environmental book of all time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Munn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very educating
Very nice book, received it just in time for my class. I only read the book because I needed to write an essay on it. But wow!!
Published 6 months ago by Sophia Kirillidis
5.0 out of 5 stars Even more relevant after all these years
Read this as a teenager in the 60's and started me on my long take- care -of -the -environment path. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leah Jordana
5.0 out of 5 stars Environmental classic
Very hard to believe this was written 50 years ago. Good chemistry lesson. Although some of the chemicals she describes are now banned (thanks in part to what Rachel started) some... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Diana Volesky
5.0 out of 5 stars DR. HULDA CLARK'S PREDESSOR
I am pleased to write this very short review of Carson's book. I have joined an eco reading group in hopes of saving at least two or three of human kind to continue life on this... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Beverly C. Sanders
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