Rarely does a single book alter the course of history, but Rachel Carsons Silent Spring did exactly that. The outcry that followed its publication in 1962 forced the government to ban DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carsons book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.
This is a rigorous presentation of the effects of pesticide use as well as a call to greater awareness of our environment.