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Silent Spring

Narrated by: Susie Berneis
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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Conservationist Rachel Carson spent over six years documenting the effects on DDT, a synthetic organic compound used as an insecticide, on numerous communities. Her analysis revealed that such powerful, persistent chemical pesticides have been used without a full understanding of the extent of their potential harm to the whole biota, including the damage they've caused to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans. In this book, Carson discusses her findings and expresses passionate concern for the future of the planet and all the life inhabiting it, calling on us all to act responsibly, carefully, and as stewards of the living earth. Additionally, she suggests that all democracies and liberal societies must operate in a way that allows individuals and groups to question what their governments have permitted to be put into the environment. An instant best seller that was read by President Kennedy during the summer of 1962, this classic remains one of the best introductions to the complicated and controversial subject.

©1962, 2002 Rachel Carson (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Must read for environmentalists or agriculturists

written in the early sixties and based on research from the 50s, it's now showing its age, however the concepts and issues are the same today as they were then, which is scarily shameful considering we should have had half a century to get it right.
the book is cited as the start of the environmentalist movement and the eye-opening awareness of the issues relating the chemical control of pests, whether plant or animal. a justifiable accolade, even if not quite accurate.
a must read for any new environmentalist or agriculturist.

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Finally read this book of our ages. prophetic

written the year before I was born and researched for many years before that, this marvel that motivated the environmental movement is still frighteningly relevant. in 2020, lessons not learnt remain to wreak mayhem.

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Shining light on chemical insights

Very to the point, well articulated and compelling with all the evidence Rachel had in the 50's/60's. Makes you question todays standards and agricultural mindsets. Without this book bringing light, the world would be a very different place.

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Still relevant

You have to listen to it set in its time but over 50 years on this is an important book. I had not realised the science and techniques available in the early 60s that are still critical today.

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  • 12-05-19

A wonderful heads up for life.

Having lived thru a number of the events of witch she speakes in ignorance of their effects, I am now mindful of my actions. I am not ruled by fear and fearmongers. Conscious that the earth is covered with ONE biomass, I do not act on my small bit thoughtlessly.

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  • watergirl
  • 12-02-20

Environmental wake up call

This book is as important today as it was when originally written. The author did a wonderful job communicating scientific examples and the impact chemicals have on the environment, wildlife, and ultimately us.

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  • 15-07-19

A must read for all.

This subject is as relevant today as it was when it was first published. Sadly we have not heeded the warnings so passionately and scientifically stated by Ms. Carson. It shoukd make us all think carefully about the use of chemicals in our everyday lives.

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