Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

HMH, 1 abr. 2009 - 688 páginas
The authoritative biography of the marine biologist and nature writer whose book Silent Spring inspired the global environmentalist movement.

In a career that spanned from civil service to unlikely literary celebrity, Rachel Carson became one of the world’s seminal leaders in conservation. The 1962 publication of her book Silent Spring was a watershed event that led to the banning of DDT and launched the modern environmental movement.
Growing up in poverty on a tiny Allegheny River farm, Carson attended the Pennsylvania College for Women on a scholarship. There, she studied science and writing before taking a job with the newly emerging Fish and Wildlife Service. In this definitive biography, Linda Lear traces the evolution of Carson’s private, professional, and public lives, from the origins of her dedication to natural science to her invaluable service as a brilliant, if reluctant, reformer.
Drawing on unprecedented access to sources and interviews, Lear masterfully explores the roots of Carson’s powerful connection to the natural world, crafting a “fine portrait of the environmentalist as a human being” (Smithsonian).
“Impressively researched and eminently readable . . . Compelling, not just for Carson devotees but for anyone concerned about the environment.” —People
“[A] combination of meticulous scholarship and thoughtful, often poignant, writing.” —Science
“A sweeping, analytic, first-class biography of Rachel Carson.” —Kirkus Reviews

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RACHEL CARSON: Witness for Nature

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A sweeping, analytic, first-class biography of Rachel Carson from Lear (Environmental History/George Washington Univ.). Carson may have had a forceful mother, may have grown up in iron-and-steel ... Leer reseña completa

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The biography was incredibly exhaustive and detailed: Linda Lear's research must have been immense, and is truly a labor of love. I felt a great deal of respect for Carson's thoroughness and hard work ... Leer reseña completa


1 Wild Creatures Are My Friends
2 The Vision Splendid
3 The Decision for Science
4 Something to Write About
5 Just to Live by Writing
6 Return to the Sea
12 Between the Tide Lines
13 One Must Dream Greatly
14 I Shall Rant a Little Too
15 The Red Queen
17 A Solemn Obligation
18 Rumblings of an Avalanche
19 I Shall Remember the Monarchs

7 Such a Comfort to Me
8 A Subject Very Close to My Heart
9 Kin This Be Me?
10 An Alice in Wonderland Character
11 Nothing Lives to Itself
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Linda Lear is the editor of Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson. She was consultant to the PBS television documentary “The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson” for The American Experience, and is a founder of the Lear/Carson archive at Connecticut College. Lear’s most recent book is Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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