On A Farther Shore

On A Farther Shore

The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

Book - 2012
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Examines how the biologist and reformer helped to raise awareness of the natural world, the importance of conservation, and the dangers of synthetic pesticides.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9780307462206
Branch Call Number: 92 CARS
Characteristics: 496 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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mmemouse Apr 27, 2013

Rachel Carson’s fourth and most famous book Silent Spring was published 50 years ago. This evocative biography of the seminal force behind the environmental movement is a true gem. Souder follows Carson from her early days in a multigenerational family through her educational career, her development as a writer and scientist, and her growing love for the sea and awakening to the realization that the earth and all who dwell thereon are in peril. An enormous amount of research evolves into a beautiful and moving tribute to one of the earth’s true champions.

NewYorkViews Jan 02, 2013

Rachel Carson is one of my favorite scientists. She was quite practical to see the potential dangers, and dangers of pesticides on the fragile ecosystem, and she was very advanced in her ability to see the extent of potential future damage to the environment by a variety of human impositions. Her work is eternal, with many applications today and in the future. Some of the book was excellent, but I did not like the delve into her very personal relationships--she is not alive to protect her privacy, and how accurate or well-rounded it is, is questionnable.

ChristchurchLib Dec 18, 2012

In 1962, marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson published what would become her magnum opus, Silent Spring. Already a bestselling author, Carson reached her biggest audience yet through her meticulously researched yet accessible discussion of environmental issues -- especially those caused by synthetic pesticides. This "expansive, nuanced" (Publishers Weekly) biography of Carson examines not only her career and the impact of her work on public policy, but also her carefully guarded private life -- which she struggled to protect in the face of both unexpected celebrity and opposition from the chemical industry. For a fascinating glimpse at the life of a woman scientist whose ideas proved prescient -- and remain largely relevant today -- don't miss this book.

From Nature and Science newsletter December 2012


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