Silent Spring

Silent Spring Cover

Silent Spring

By Rachel Carson; Linda Lear (Introduction by); Edward O. Wilson (Afterword by)

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780618249060, 400pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2002

Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" was first published in three serialized excerpts in the "New Yorker" in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson's passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

Friday, Jul 6, 2012

The Science Friday Book Club meets for the first time this week, to talk about Rachel Carson's classic book, Silent Spring. Carson biographer William Souder joins Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman to discuss Carson's writing style and the book's legacy, 50 years after it was published. More at

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