Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

Witness for Nature

Book - 1997 | 1st ed.
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Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication or event to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to shape a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history. This definitive biography, based on personal documents and reminiscences unavailable to others, shows how Carson, already a famous nature writer, became a reluctant reformer, confronting a government and industry that were widely misusing extremely dangerous chemicals, unquestioned by the public. This book illuminates and evaluates for the first time her personal courage in setting forth an ecological vision of humankind's place in the natural world and her contribution to the contemporary environmental movement. It is also the first to describe her personal life, showing the spirited, lonely, and determined woman behind the publicly shy but brilliant scientist and writer. Illustrated with photographs, many never before published, this is a compelling and masterful portrait of a heroic woman who was not afraid to question the political direction of her time.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805034271
Branch Call Number: 921 C322Le
Characteristics: xviii, 634 p. : ill.


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LProfeta Oct 09, 2014

A most wonderful writer, that being Rachel Carson, if one is interested in living with gills under a most wide, heavy sea! Her shoreline bubbles and those that create air bubbles are always fabulous characters, so you can toast each other, too! But please remember- No Shoes! and No Topsiders, at all! but you are allowed to laugh out LOUD! Inside a large shell, only! Fish hate noisy folks on Tuesday! ha-ha!

ChristchurchLib Mar 19, 2013

"Best known for her 1950s and '60s writing on the environment, especially in The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring, Rachel Carson was an early and often lonely voice advocating better care of the Earth. Though Carson's writing is well known, her personal life has received less attention. Biographer Linda Lear offers this detailed portrait of Carson's childhood and youth, her university studies, and her recognition of the effects of pollution on coastal areas. Carson employed her remarkably effective writing skills to draw attention to environmental issues long before most people - even other scientists - were aware of the overall significance of local problems." March 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=613005

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