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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618249060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618249060
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.4 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 1 2002
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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By Jeff Showers on June 30 2014
Format: Hardcover
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.
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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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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published in 1962 and is arguably the most famous and influential environmental book of all time. This book is responsible for the nationwide ban on DDT and it inspired an environmental movement that captured the attention of everyday people as well as the government (leading to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). So yes, this book is widely famous and it has done a lot of good for the world, but is it worth the read? My answer is yes, here’s why:

Reading something that educates you is never a waste of time. With that being said, I am normally a fiction-type-girl, I don’t love reading books that aren’t solely meant to entertain me, but Silent Spring was different somehow. The book wasn’t like reading a boring science text book, it was truly eye-opening, well-written, and… not dull. You realize the book will be (not dull) as soon as you read the first chapter, (if you’re interested in reading the book, click the link to read the first chapter and see what I mean! [...]). To summarize the chapter, Silent Spring begins with a scenario of the composite results of chemical poisons in the atmosphere. The tone is a storytelling tone. It begins, "There once was a town . . .”, the author goes on to tell the story of a once beautiful town that was utterly and horrifically destroyed. She ends with, “No witchcraft, no enemy action had silenced the rebirth of new life in this stricken world. The people had done it themselves.” That is one of my favourite parts of the book, I think it is so powerful, yet so true for the world we inhabit, “The people had done it themselves”.

Silent Spring reviews the dangers of chemicals/pesticides on the environment, animals, and humans, as well as their long-term ineffectiveness.
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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!!
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Read this as a teenager in the 60's and started me on my long take- care -of -the -environment path. An excellent book for everyone to have in their library and to READ at least once a year. Ms, Carson came under a lot of fire for this book way back when and too late now to say " wish that I'd listened" I live on Canada's west coast and my back garden has had one of the most Silent Springs ever. Go outside your own back door one morning and listen for a few moments. What don't you hear?
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