Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
From the final decades of the eighteenth century to the present day, a relatively few social and political documents have been written and circulated, then have gone on to change the course of human history. " The Manifesto Series " surveys some of those documents, presents an account of each manifesto 's immediate impact, then explains how and why its influence spread to...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Barron's Educational Series
(first published June 30th 2004)
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good if brief overview. astounding and revelatory in hindsight how much opposition--and bias--carson faced down. particularly the ridiculous sexist comments leveled at her by institutional groups and the media. and esp. given how transformative her book was in shaping today's environmental justice movement. her book really brought the environmental movement (largely conservationist up til then, i think) into people's homes, so that they were much clearer and more alarmed at the profound daily de...more
Rachael Carson was perhaps the first to realize the devastating effects pollution was having on the environment. Her research has since been expounded upon and her conclusions have been verified time after time. If our planet has any hope of turning back the tide, it will be in great part a result of her work.