Book review of silent spring

Its impact was immediate, far-reaching and ultimately life-enhancing: White and a number of journalists and scientists to her cause. It ends with recent debates about DDT as a potential solution to malaria in Africa.

Wilson as keynote speaker. The book closes with a call for a biotic approach to pest control as an alternative to chemical pesticides. The program included segments of Carson reading from Silent Spring and interviews with a number of other experts, mostly critics including White-Stevens ; according to biographer Linda Lear, "in juxtaposition to the wild-eyed, loud-voiced Dr.

Instead ecosystems are temporary, chaotic assemblages of species, with relations between them and their environment in constant flux. What makes this story particularly compelling is that Carson took up this cause at the very moment when she herself faced a losing battle with cancer.

She has too many examples of death and malady to effectively process—an overwhelming array of streams without fish, roadsides barren of wildflowers, children sickening and dying after accidental contact with pesticides, flocks of birds convulsing and dead upon the ground, trees wilting—it is horrifying to think that at one point this was the norm.

Shortly thereafter both of them died and three of their playmates became ill. Although she wrote no autobiography, she did leave letters, and those she exchanged, sometimes daily, with Dorothy Freeman. Pressure on the pest population should always be as slight as possible.

Bythe Environmental Defense Fund and other activist groups had succeeded in securing a phase-out of DDT use in the United States except in emergency cases.

In addition to the thorough literature search, she had investigated hundreds of individual incidents of pesticide exposure and the human sickness and ecological damage that resulted. Her condition worsened, and in February, doctors found that she had severe anemia from her radiation treatments and in March they discovered that the cancer had reached her liver.

It was originally published as a series of articles and as a result seems a little disjointed at times, with some sections being isolated. She said in Silent Spring that even if DDT and other insecticides had no environmental side effects, their indiscriminate overuse was counterproductive because it would create insect resistance to pesticides, making them useless in eliminating the target insect populations: It remains an example of a very good book.

Mann argued in Eisenhower reportedly said that because she was unmarried despite being physically attractive, she was "probably a Communist".

Silent Spring

Robert White-Stevens in white lab coat, Carson appeared anything but the hysterical alarmist that her critics contended".

Even worse, we may have destroyed our very means of fighting. Silent Spring, despite its age published first inand I read the 50th-anniversary edition with a new Introduction and Afterwordis still monumental, and even revolutionary.

However, further health troubles slowed the final revisions in and early It was also influential on the rise of ecofeminism and on many feminist scientists. Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, – April 14, ) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

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Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the s. Unformatted text preview: Silent Spring Book Review Keith Leonard 9/22/10 Citation Carson, R.

Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston, MA%(8). Silent Spring is an environmental science book by Rachel Carson. The book was published on 27 September and it documented the adverse effects on the environment of the indiscriminate use of olivierlile.com accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation and public officials of accepting the industry's marketing claims unquestioningly.

In the late s, Carson turned her. From the Taoist beliefs of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea books to the complexity of Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen.

Book Review: Silent Spring

From the ambition of Stephen Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant books to the beautifully written Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb. Books. The book list is separated into three sections, Books By Rachel Carson, Books About Rachel Carson and a Highly Recommended Books about environmental studies and associated subjects.

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