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What A Book Can Do: The Publication and Reception of Silent Spring

(Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book)

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In 1962 the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring sparked widespread public debate on the issue of pesticide abuse and environmental degradation. The discussion permeated the entire print and electronic media system of mid-twentieth-century America. Although Carson's text was serialized in the New Yorker, it made a significant difference that it was also published ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by University of Massachusetts Press
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Leslie Goddard
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully researched and insightful study of the publication and reception of Silent Spring, one of the first to really explore how it came to be as both a New Yorker series of articles and a book, and how that was inextricably intertwined with how the media and the public received and understood the book.

Despite the (decidedly odd) blurb on the back that this is a quick read and not at all ponderous, this is clearly a book aimed at communications and book history scholars. It reads very
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Judy Gail Krasnow
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the power of words, books and in the environment
Recommended to Judy Gail by: Amazon.com
I read this book because I am a professional historical portrayal artist and portray Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring." "What A Book Can Do" is about the impact "Silent Spring" had upon the world. This is one of the best-written and researched books I have read. It helped me considerably in preparing my material for the performances I give as Rachel Carson. In 1962, the year "Silent Spring " was published, it was still possible for a book to stand out and change the world. "What A Book ...more
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