Publisher description for Courage for the Earth : writers, scientists, and activists celebrate the life and writing of Rachel Carson / edited by Peter Matthiessen.


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Rachel Carson's lyrical, popular books about the sea, including her
best-selling The Sea Around Us, "set a standard for nature writing for
all time to come" (Roger Caras). By the late 1950s, Carson was the most
respected science writer in America.

She completed Silent Spring (1962) against formidable personal
odds, and with it shaped a powerful social movement that has altered the
course of history. In Silent Spring, Carson asserted that "the right of the
citizen to be secure in his own home against the intrusion of poisons
applied by other persons" must surely be a basic human right. She was
the first to challenge the moral vacuity of a government that refused to take
responsibility for or to acknowledge evidence of environmental damage.
In this volume, today's foremost scientists and writers give compelling evidence that Carson's transformative insights--her courage for the earth--
are giving a new generation of activists the inspiration they need to move
consumers, industry, and government.

Contributors include: John Elder, Al Gore, John Hay, Freeman House, Linda
Lear, Robert Michael Pyle, Janisse Ray, Sandra Steingraber, Terry Tempest
Williams, E. O. Wilson


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Carson, Rachel, -- 1907-1964. -- Silent spring.
Pesticides -- Environmental aspects.