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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Spring Review May 22 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very educating May 22 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Even more relevant after all these years April 5 2014
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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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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 11 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
4.0 out of 5 stars review for silent spring
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson provides an in-depth look of how the world was changing in the 1940s and 50s. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Moderation is the Key.
When one thinks of the American Environmental & Conservation Movement such names as Emerson, Thoreau, Muir, and T. Roosevelt naturally come to mind. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by Butch
4.0 out of 5 stars A revolution being started...
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2001 by Rolando Gutierrez
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk Science
A number of years ago I read a critical review of "Silent Spring" where the author of the review accused Rachel Carlson of making a very basic error in statistical... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2001 by reader 1001
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