by Rachel Carson
If ever there was a seminal book in the history of environmental catastrophes then it has to be Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Even well over fifty years on, the book still delivers a strong message, perhaps even stronger today, that you cannot play around with chemicals and changing nature without severe and even devastating collateral damage. The use of DDT and other highly toxic chemicals and the power of the chemical companies created strong arguments but scientific sense eventually prevailed, though one may think that was but one battle in an on-going war.
Carson was a rare writer, able to put across complex scientific content in a way that makes it easy to understand without demeaning the subject nor playing it down. This is a book to judge others by - and to learn from.
Rachel Carson is also the subject of this month's CA-WN Podcastshelf.
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