Silent Spring Paperback – Oct 22 2002
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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.Read more ›
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As we know, Rachel Carson wrote this book long ago, making it now old, or out of date, but as you read it you realize that "Silent Spring" is clearly showing our modern date ecological problems.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.
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.Read more ›
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The book came in perfect condition and it's an incredible read. Carson puts science in poetic terms.Published 7 months ago by Martina Filipic
I first read this in my early teens, a book I came across when writing an essay on air pollution. While it definitely motivated me to take a more conscious look at conservation... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brett
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Heather Caldwell
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 19 months ago by Jeff Showers
Such a great writer from a great mind. A true test easily passed by her questions and concerns that still stand.Published 19 months ago by sdmclean
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 20 months ago by Sophia Kirillidis
Read this as a teenager in the 60's and started me on my long take- care -of -the -environment path. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Leah Jordana