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    Silent Spring (Hardback) By (author) Rachel Carson, Introduction by Lord Shackleton


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    Description"Carson's book has changed the world". ("The Times"). Impassioned, poetic and brilliantly written, "Silent Spring" is now recognized as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. In it, Rachel Carson exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread and indiscriminate use of pesticides. She described the nests full of eggs that would never hatch, the rivers bloated with poisoned fish and the children killed by the very chemicals which had previously been lauded as miracle potions, and sprayed without reservation across the country. Despite condemnation in the press and heavy-handed attempts by the chemical industry to ban the book, Rachel Carson's book directly lead to changes in government policy and inspired the modern ecological movement.

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    Silent Spring
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rachel Carson, Introduction by Lord Shackleton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 492 g
    ISBN 13: 9780141391526
    ISBN 10: 0141391529

    BIC E4L: ENV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.8
    BIC subject category V2: RNKH, RNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17610
    BISAC V2.8: NAT011000
    DC23: 363.7384
    Penguin Books Ltd
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    Publication date
    29 November 2012
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    Author Information
    Rachel Carson was a biology graduate from Pennsylvania College at a time when there were few women in science. In 1952 she resigned from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to devote herself to writing, and produced her fourth book, Silent Spring, in 1962. So threatened was America's chemical industry by the work that they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attempting to discredit Rachel Carson, only for U.S. President John F. Kennedy's Science Advisory Committee to investigate and subsequently vindicate Carson's work, resulting in an immediate strengthening of the regulation of chemical pesticides. In her lifetime, Rachel Carson was awarded the National Book Award for Non-Fiction, the John Burroughs Medal, the Gold Medal of the New York Zoological Society and the Audubon Society Medal, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She died in 1964, at the age of 56.
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    Carson's books brought ecology into popular consciousness Daily Telegraph If anybody asked me to write about my hero, it would be Rachel Carson -- A. S. Byatt Rachel Carson educated a planet... One of the most effective books ever written Guardian Carson's book has changed the world The Times