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On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent…

por William Souder

Otros autores: Rachel [1907-1964] Carson (Quotations)

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Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides.… (más)
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  Lisa_Francine | Aug 5, 2020 |
On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder is a biography of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson. On a Farther Shore is being published on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. It seems to me that everyone should know who Rachel Carson is and what Silent Spring was about, but, much to my surprise, that is not the case. With its publication in 1962 Silent Spring exposed the dangers of DDT to the general public and really set into motion the beginning of the modern environmental movement. At the time DDT was the miracle pesticide and it was going to eradicate many of the pests that plague human populations.

Souder's thorough biography portrays Carson as an unassuming, likeable woman with great underlying strength. While she was trained as a biologist at a time when women in the sciences was uncommon, she also had always enjoyed writing. Carson found a way to combine her two interests. She worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a writer but also wrote articles in her free time. Carson never married and supported her family all her life.

Souder also covers many of the writers who influenced Carson (Richard Jeffries, Henry Williamson, and Aldo Leopold) and plenty of information about the times in which she lived (nuclear testing, cold war tensions) as well as the emerging discovery that pesticides perhaps were not the answer. About half the book covers the writing of Silent Spring and the repercussions that followed. Carson exhausted from her battle with cancer while under enormous stress, died shortly after the publication of Silent Spring in 1962.

In On a Farther Shore, Souder, an esteemed environmental writer, has given us a very well written, well rounded, well researched tribute to Rachel Carson. The biography includes Notes, a Bibliography, and an Index (which makes me say, "Yes!")

Very Highly Recommended; http://shetreadssoftly.blogspot.com/


Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Crown Publishing and Netgalley for review purposes.
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  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 21, 2016 |
The presentation of the historical context of Rachel Carson's writings was outstanding. The book is well worth reading for this alone. I didn't feel I understood Rachel Carson well as a person. Also, I would have appreciated a fuller description of her writing, especially "Silent Spring" which I haven't read - yet. What was it about her style that connected so readily with ordinary people? The review below me by LibStre is excellent and I agree with all of his/her points. ( )
1 vota theageofsilt | Dec 16, 2013 |
A detailed, touching, and literary journey through the life behind the work of Rachel Carson. Examining it 50 years after Silent Spring makes that achievement and others all the more wondrous. ( )
  mielniczuk | Oct 16, 2013 |
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Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides.

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