Synopses & Reviews
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to inspire a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history. This definitive, long-overdue biography shows how Carson, already a famous nature writer, became a reluctant reformer. It is a compelling portrait of the determined woman behind the publicly shy but brilliant scientist and writer.
"Impressively researched and eminently readable ... compelling not just for Carson devotees but for anyone concerned about the environment."--People
"As both biography and scientific commentary, Rachel Carson is a staggering accomplishment."--Elizabeth Abbott, Toronto Globe and Mail
"A probing and scrupulously footnoted account of this extraordinary woman's life."--Eugene Linden, Time
"[A] combination of meticulous scholarship and thoughtful, often poignant writing."--Marlene Zuk, Science
"A fine portrait of the environmentalist as a human being." --John A. Alden, Smithsonian
Includes bibliographical references (p. -609) and index.
About the Author
is Research Professor of Environmental History at George Washington University and a research collaborator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.