This is a great and eye-opening piece of nonfiction. Carson writes not only with the authority of her scientific research and knowledge, but in a prose that seems to transport you to the scenes of nature she is yearning to protect. If you want more background on the importance of environmental law and the Environmental Protection Agency, this is a good starting place. Many "science-y" books are chopped full of technical jargon and concepts, Carson breaks down the science and actually teaches you, rather than lecturing facts at you.
In this classic work of 1962, biologist Rachel Carson details alarming, detailed accounts of the ecologically and biologically disastrous effects of applying chemicals to our environment. As a reader 55 years later, I was simultaneously aghast and hopeful that, surely, what we've learned from the science in the last half-century results in fewer haphazard and negligent practices. However, given the recent threats to the EPA, an agency whose mission is to protect human health and the environment, I'm no longer feeling that optimism.
Basically, this book is a truckload of propaganda about how we're killing all of the earth with pesticides. But if you can slog through the tedious language, it's worth reading.
I might try this book.
the book that first described the dangers of widespread use of pesticides, written with scientific accuracy and human emotion.
While a sixth printing, this issue dates from the mid-sixties. So it is bereft of claims of the book's impact, ala "An alarming portrait of man made devastation" or "The book that changed the world". So a publisher or reviewer does not tell the reader what to think; instead it is straight and unadorned. The reader is treated as intelligent, left to come to her/his own conclusion. Carson is surprisingly lyrical in some passages.
This book made be sad and scared the first time I read it many years ago.
Rachel Carson was one of the first environmentalist who tried to make the rest of us understand how in danger our world is and how much damage had already been done to the ecosystem.
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