by Rachel Carson, Rt. Hon. Lord Shackleton, Julian Huxley
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, alerted a broad public to the environment and man the dangers of indiscriminate pesticide use, and stimulate revolutionary changes in laws that affect air, land and waterThis Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Lord Shackleton, a preface by World Wildlife Fund founder Julian Huxley, and postfaced by Linda Lear biographer Carson.Now recognized as one of the most influential works of the twentieth century, the Silent Spring, exposed to the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticidesDespite condemnation in the press and heavy hand, attempts by the chemical industry to ban Rachel Carson’s book succeeded in creating a new public awareness of the environment that led to changes in government and inspired the environmental movementIt is thanks to this book, and with the help of many ecologists, that harmful pesticides such as DDT have been banned for use in the United States and countries around the world.Rachel Carson (1907-64) wanted to be an author for as long as she could rememberHis first book, Sous la Mer, le Vent, published in 1941Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the dangers of pesticide misuse, was published in 1962Carson articles on natural history appeared in the Atlantic monthly, the New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and VacancesA strong environmentalist and conservative, Carson warned against the “dumping” of atomic waste at sea and predicted global warmingIf you liked Silent Spring, you could, like John Christopher, The Death of the Herb, also available in Penguin Modern ClassicsCarson books brought ecology into popular consciousness, Daily Telegraph Very few books change the course of historyThose Who Do Understand Silent Spring’Linda Lear, Author of Rachel Carson: The Testimony of Nature
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