Rarely does a single book alter the course of history.
Silent Spring exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides. The outcry that followed its publication in 1962 forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.
Despite condemnation in the press and heavy-handed attempts by the chemical industry to ban the book, Rachel Carson succeeded in creating a new public awareness of the environment which led to changes in government policy and inspired the modern ecological movement.
It is without question, one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.
Softcover, 323 pages