The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson


The book list is separated into three sections, Books By Rachel Carson, Books About Rachel Carson and a Highly Recommended Books about environmental studies and associated subjects.
* Books are listed in order of publication within each section.

Books by Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson wrote only four books, but each of them in some measure changed the way we thought about ourselves and our world. All four of those published during her lifetime were "best-sellers". A fifth book The Sense of Wonder was published posthumously. All are still in print and several are available on CD, audio, and in large print editions. The book jackets shown here are the current in print editions, contrasted with the original book jackets.

BOOK JACKET: Under the Sea-Wind

Under the Sea-Wind

Author: Rachel Carson
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics; New edition (April 3, 2007)
Originally Published: 1941
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143104969
ISBN-13: 978-0143104964
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To honor Rachel Carson on the centennial of her birth in 2007, Penguin Classics proudly published a centennial edition of Under the Sea-Wind, Carson’s first book and her personal favorite. Featuring a new introduction by Carson’s biographer, Linda Lear, this edition includes the beautiful line drawings by Howard Frech from the very first edition (1941). Under the Sea-Wind takes you beneath the waves with the same kind of intimacy and wonder that made the documentaries "Winged Migration" and "March of the Penguins" such masterpieces of nature-immersion. This was the book that first established Carson as perhaps our most prescient and influential observer of the natural world. [Read More]

BOOK JACKET: The Sea Around Us

The Sea Around Us

Author: Rachel Carson
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 12, 1991)
Originally Published: July 1951
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0195069978
ISBN-13: 978-0195069976
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The Sea Around Us is based on post World War II geographical and oceanographic evidence of the life and work of the sea. It is a study of the processes that formed the earth, the moon, and the oceans. It won the National Book Award in 1952 and made Carson an international voice for the public understanding of science. [Read More]

BOOK JACKET: The Edge of the Sea

The Edge of the Sea

Author: Rachel Carson
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (October 15, 1998)
Originally Published: 1955
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0395924960
ISBN-13: 978-0395924969
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The Edge of the Sea is a practical guide to identifying the inhabitants of the sea that are found in marshes, tide pools, and shallows that border it - a world that mirrors the "spectacle of life in all its varied manifestations as it has appeared, evolved, died out." In it Carson considers the tide lines of the eastern sea coast -- the rocky shores, the sandy dunes, and the coral reefs. [Read More]

BOOK JACKET: Silent Spring

Silent Spring

Author: Rachel Carson
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Anniversary edition (2002 and 2012)
Originally Published: September 27, 1962
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0618249060
ISBN-13: 978-0618249060
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This 40th and 50th Anniversary Edition of Silent Spring includes a new introduction by Linda Lear and an afterword by E.O. Wilson. See why Carson's analysis is more relevant now than ever. [Read More]

BOOK JACKET: The Sense of Wonder

The Sense of Wonder

Author: Rachel Carson
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 21, 1998)
Originally Published: 1965
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006757520X
ISBN-13: 978-0067575208
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The Sense of Wonder, originally written as a 1950's magazine article ("Help Your Child to Wonder") and photo-illustrated after her death, details Carson's philosophy that adults need to nurture a child's inborn sense of wonder about the natural world. The new edition with glorious photographs by Nick Kelsh, printed in Italy, is the beautiful kind of book Carson imagined might someday be printed. Linda Lear wrote the introduction.

BOOK JACKET: Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson

Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson

Subject: Collections
Author: Rachel Carson, Edited with an introduction by Linda Lear
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Boston: Beacon Press, 1998
Originally Published: 1998
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0807085472
ISBN-13: 978-0807085479
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This collection of childhood prose, early writings, intimate letters, speeches, a TV script, and unpublished fragments by one of the pioneers of the modern environmental movement gives rare glimpses of Carson’s unique capacity to fuse scientific precision and lyrical power. Spanning forty-five years of Carson’s writing it constitutes a stirring autobiography of the scientist who taught the world about ecology.

Books About Rachel Carson

This list is not inclusive, but represents the most recent scholarship about Rachel Carson. Your local bookstore, public library, college library, or on-line bookstore will probably have these titles. All are in print and all offer paperback editions.

BOOK JACKET: Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

Author: Linda Lear
Paperback: 688 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (April 1, 2009)
Originally Published: 1997
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0547238231
ISBN-13: 978-0547238234
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Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to inspire a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history. This definitive, sweeping biography shows the origins of Carson's fierce dedication to natural science -- and tells the dramatic story of how Carson, already a famous nature writer, became a brilliant if reluctant reformer. Drawing on unprecendented 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).

BOOK JACKET: Always Rachel

Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964

Author: Rachel Carson & Dorothy Freeman
Series: Concord Library
Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press; First Edition (February 28, 1994)
Originally Published: 1994
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0807070106
ISBN-13: 978-0807070109
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Rachel Carson (1907-1964), author of The Silent Spring, has been celebrated as the pioneer of the modern environmental movement. Although she wrote no autobiography, she did leave letters, and those she exchanged, sometimes daily, with Dorothy Freeman. The 750 letters collected here are perhaps more satisfying than an account of her own life would have been. In 1953, Carson became Freeman's summer neighbor on Southport Island, Maine. The two discovered a shared love for the natural world. Their descriptions of the arrival of spring or the song of a hermit thrush are lyrical and their friendship quickly blossomed, as each realized she had found in the other a kindred spirit. To read this collection is like eavesdropping on an extended conversation that mixes the mundane events of the two women's family lives with details of Carson's research and writing and, later, her breast cancer. Readers will inevitably wonder about the nature of the women's relationship; editor Martha Freeman, Dorothy's granddaughter, believes that the correspondents' initial caution regarding the frankly romantic tone of their letters led them to destroy some. Whether the relationship was sexual, theirs was a deeply loving friendship, and reading their letters leaves a sense of wonder that they felt so free to give themselves this gift. "Never forget, dear one, how deeply I have loved you all these years," Carson wrote less than a year before her death. And if, as Carson believed, "immortality through memory is real," few who read these letters will forget these remarkable women and their even more remarkable bond. Photos. 25,000 first printing. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

BOOK JACKET: Night Walk to the Sea: A Story About Rachel Carson, Earth's Protector

Night Walk to the Sea: A Story About Rachel Carson, Earth's Protector

Author: Deborah Wiles
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; Illustrated edition
Originally Published: September 15, 2020
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1524701475
ISBN-13: 978-1524701475
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This luminous picture book by an award-winning author and acclaimed illustrator is the perfect tool to discuss the importance of the natural world with young children, as well as introduce them to environmental activist Rachel Carson.

BOOK JACKET: Rachel Carson: The Writer at Work

Rachel Carson: The Writer at Work

Author: Paul Brooks
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children (October 1998)
Originally Published: October 1, 1998
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1578050170
ISBN-13: 978-1578050178
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Rachel Carson is the most important environmentalist of the 20th century. Her Silent Spring, published in 1962, changed the course of history. Here is an intimate portrait of this remarkable writer, who taught us the meaning of ecology. Drawing from her writings, the recollections of her closest friends, and his own long association with her, Brooks has created a unique profile that shows how Carson was able to merge two seemingly divergent passions -- for literature and science -- to write some of the most important books of our time: not only Silent Spring, but The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea, and A Sense of Wonder. A unique portrait, including excerpts from Carsons published and unpublished writings, and reminiscences from friends and colleagues.

BOOK JACKET: The Gentle Subversive

The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement (New Narratives in American History)

Author: Mark H. Lytle
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 31, 2007)
Originally Published: 2007
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0195172477
ISBN-13: 978-0195172478
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Lytle explores the evolution of Carson's ideas about nature, her love for the sea, her career as a biologist, and above all her emergence as a writer of extraordinary moral and ecological vision. We follow Carson from her childhood on a farm outside Pittsburgh, where she first developed her love of nature (and where, at age eleven, she published her first piece in a children's magazine), to her graduate work at Johns Hopkins and her career with the Fish and Wildlife Service. Lytle describes the genesis of her first book, Under the Sea-Wind, the incredible success of The Sea Around Us (a New York Times bestseller for over a year), and her determination to risk her fame in order to write her "poison book": Silent Spring. The author contends that despite Carson's demure, lady-like demeanor, she was subversive in her thinking and aggressive in her campaign against pesticides. Carson became the spokeswoman for a network of conservationists, scientists, women, and other concerned citizens who had come to fear the mounting dangers of the human assault on nature. What makes this story particularly compelling is that Carson took up this cause at the very moment when she herself faced a losing battle with cancer.

BOOK JACKET: Courage for the Earth

Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson

Author: Peter Matthiessen (Editor)
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books (April 22, 2007)
Originally Published: 2007
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0618872760
ISBN-13: 978-0618872763
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For environmentally critical times, Courage for the Earth is a centennial appreciation of Rachel Carson's brave life and transformative writing

Carson’s lyrical, popular books about the sea, including her best-selling The Sea Around Us, set a standard for nature writing. 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 social movement that 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 to action.

BOOK JACKET: Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge

Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge (S U N Y Series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics)

Author: Lisa Sideris
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: State University of New York Press (May 8, 2008)
Originally Published: 2008
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0791474720
ISBN-13: 978-0791474723
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Long before Rachel Carson would become synonymous with environmental activism, she was a nature and science writer, penning The Sense of Wonder for children, and three books about the ocean and its inhabitants—including the bestselling The Sea Around Us. Based solidly on science and written in beautiful prose, Carson’s work issued a practical and moral challenge to her readers: Can we find a way to live on earth with care and respect? In Rachel Carson, the first book to offer a sustained treatment of her work prior to Silent Spring, editors Lisa H. Sideris and Kathleen Dean Moore bring together seventeen writers, activists, and scholars from a range of disciplines to uncover the many sides of Rachel Carson. Emphasizing her enthusiasm for the natural world and the depth of her writings, the contributors examine her books, speeches, essays, and the letters she wrote as she prepared to die. A testament to Carson’s continued influence on environmental thought, this volume is for everyone who cares about finding ways to live sustainably on earth. [Read More]

BOOK JACKET: DDT, Silent Spring, and the Rise of Environmentalism

DDT, Silent Spring, and the Rise of Environmentalism: Classic Texts

Author: Thomas R Dunlap
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: University of Washington Press (August 20, 2008)
Originally Published: January 1, 2008
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780295988344
ISBN-13: 978-0295988344
ASIN: 0295988347
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No single event played a greater role in the birth of modern environmentalism than the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and its assault on insecticides. The documents collected by Thomas Dunlap trace shifting attitudes toward DDT and pesticides in general through a variety of sources: excerpts from scientific studies and government reports, advertisements from industry journals, articles from popular magazines, and the famous "Fable for Tomorrow" from Silent Spring.

Beginning with attitudes toward nature at the turn of the twentieth century, the book moves through the use and early regulation of pesticides; the introduction and early success of DDT; the discovery of its environmental effects; and the uproar over Silent Spring. It ends with recent debates about DDT as a potential solution to malaria in Africa.

BOOK JACKET: Understanding Rachel Carsons Silent Spring

Understanding Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (Words That Changed the World)

Author: Alex Macgillivray
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group (August 15, 2010)
Originally Published: 2010
Language: English
ISBN-10: 144881670X
ISBN-13: 978-1448816705
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With our "green revolution" gearing up on all fronts, there couldn't be a timelier book than Understanding Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Written at a time when science writing and literature didn't mesh and when people didn't care or think about the environment, pollutants, or preserving natural resources, Silent Spring not only exposed the dangers of pesticides but became one of the most influential manifestos on environmental issues. This book explores Silent Spring's historical context and its influence on and repercussions for the world.

How 'Silent Spring' Ignited the Environmental Movement

Author: Eliza Griswold
Publisher: New York Times Magazine, September 21, 2012

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[Excerpt] On June 4, 1963, less than a year after the controversial environmental classic Silent Spring was published, its author, Rachel Carson, testified before a Senate subcommittee on pesticides. She was 56 and dying of breast cancer. She told almost no one. She’d already survived a radical mastectomy. Her pelvis was so riddled with fractures that it was nearly impossible for her to walk to her seat at the wooden table before the Congressional panel. To hide her baldness, she wore a dark brown wig.

"Every once in a while in the history of mankind, a book has appeared which has substantially altered the course of history," Senator Ernest Gruen­ing, a Democrat from Alaska, told Carson at the time. [Read More]

BOOK JACKET: Silent Spring Revisited

Silent Spring Revisited

Author: Conor Jameson
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: A&C Black; Reprint edition (June 6, 2013)
Originally Published: January 1, 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1408194074
ISBN-13: 978-1408194072
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American scientist and author Rachel Carson is said to have sparked the modern day environmental movement with the publication of Silent Spring in 1962. She made vivid the prospect of life without birdsong. But has her warning been heeded?

Fifty years later, Conor Mark Jameson reflects on the growth of environmentalism since Silent Spring was published. His revealing and engaging tale plots milestone events in conservation, popular culture and political history in the British Isles and beyond, tracing a path through the half century since 'zero hour' 1962.

Around this he weaves his own observations and touching personal experiences, seeking to answer the question: what happened to the birds, and birdsong, and why does it matter?

BOOK JACKET: On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring

Author: William Souder
Paperback: 520 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books (September 3, 2013)
Originally Published: 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307462218
ISBN-13: 978-0307462213
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Rachel Carson loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with the natural world. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and other pesticides that until then had been hailed as safe and wondrously effective. It was Carson who sifted through all the evidence, documenting with alarming clarity the collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife; revealing the effects of these new chemicals to be lasting, widespread, and lethal. Silent Spring shocked the public and forced the government to take action, despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. It awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the EPA and to the banning of DDT. By drawing frightening parallels between dangerous chemicals and the then-pervasive fallout from nuclear testing, Carson opened a fault line between the gentle ideal of conservation and the more urgent new concept of environmentalism.

Elegantly written and meticulously researched, On a Farther Shore reveals a shy yet passionate woman more at home in the natural world than in the literary one that embraced her. William Souder also writes sensitively of Carson's romantic friendship with Dorothy Freeman, and of Carson's death from cancer in 1964. This extraordinary new biography captures the essence of one of the great reformers of the twentieth century.

BOOK JACKET: Carsons Silent Spring: A Readers Guide

Carson's Silent Spring: A Reader's Guide

Author: Joni Seager
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (October 23, 2014)
Originally Published: August 28, 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1441130667
ISBN-13: 978-1441130662
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Silent Spring is a watershed moment in the history of environmentalism, credited with launching the modern environmental movement. In synthesizing a jumble of scientific and medical information into a coherent argument, Carson successfully challenged major chemical industries and the idea that modern societies could and should exert mastery over nature at any cost. Her critique remains salient today.

This book provides the first in-depth analysis, contextualisation and overview of Silent Spring, a critical work in the history of environmentalism, surveying its lasting impact on the environmentalist movement in the last fifty years.

BOOK JACKET: Rachel Carson and Her Sisters

Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America's Environment

Author: Robert K Musil
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Rutgers University Press; First Paperback Edition edition (September 15, 2015)
Originally Published: 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813576210
ISBN-13: 978-0813576213
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In Rachel Carson and Her Sisters, Robert K. Musil redefines the achievements and legacy of environmental pioneer and scientist Rachel Carson, linking her work to a wide network of American women activists and writers and introducing her to a new, contemporary audience. Rachel Carson was the first American to combine two longstanding but separate strands of American environmentalism—the love of nature and a concern for human health. Widely known for her 1962 best-seller, Silent Spring, Carson is often perceived today as a solitary "great woman" whose work single-handedly launched a modern environmental movement. But as Musil demonstrates, Carson’s life’s work drew upon and was supported by already existing movements, many led by women, in conservation and public health.

On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, this book helps underscore Carson’s enduring environmental legacy and brings to life the achievements of women writers and advocates, such as Ellen Swallow Richards, Dr. Alice Hamilton, Terry Tempest Williams, Sandra Steingraber, Devra Davis, andTheo Colborn, all of whom overcame obstacles to build and lead the modern American environmental movement.

Highly Recommended Books

There's Poison All Around Us Now

Author: Lorus and Margery Milne
Subject: Book Review
Publisher: New York Times, September 23, 1962

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[Excerpt] Poisoning people is wrong. Yet, for the sake of "controlling" all kinds of insects, fungi and weed plants, people today are being poisoned on a scale that the infamous Borgias never dreamed of. Cancer-inducing chemicals-remain as residues in virtually everything we eat or drink. A continuation of present programs that use poisonous chemicals will soon exterminate much of our wild life and man as well. So claims Rachel Carson in her provocative new book, Silent Spring. [Read More]

BOOK JACKET: Basic Guide To Pesticides

Basic Guide to Pesticides: Their Characteristics and Hazards

Author: Rachel Carson Counsel Inc.
Hardcover: 316 pages
Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (September 21, 1992)
Originally Published: 1992
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1560322535
ISBN-13: 978-1560322535
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Shirley A. Briggs, Carson's friend, spent years as Director of the Rachel Carson.

BOOK JACKET: Our Stolen Future

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?--A Scientific Detective Story

Author: Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski & John Peter Meyers
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Plume; First Printing edition (March 1, 1997)
Originally Published: 1996
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0452274141
ISBN-13: 978-0452274143
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Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Story is a 1996 book by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers. The book chronicles the development of the endocrine disruptor hypothesis by Colborn. Though written for the popular press in narrative form, the book contains a substantial amount of scientific evidence. A foreword from then Vice President Al Gore increased the book's visibility. It ultimately influenced government policy through congressional hearings and helped foster the development of a research and regulation initiative within the EPA.


BOOK JACKET: Quick Fall of Light

Quick Fall of Light

Author: Sherrida Woodley
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Gray Dog Press (July 1, 2010)
Originally Published: July 1, 2010
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936178184
ISBN-13: 978-1936178186
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Quick Fall of Light is a novel about a bird flu pandemic, a woman and an "extinct" bird who are caught in its deadly approach, and the extraordinary relationship between them. The bird in the story is America's passenger pigeon, historically extinct for almost 100 years. Yet, a colony has been harbored safely and secretly for many years in Quick Fall, in the Olympic Rain Forest of Washington State. It is here where the story begins, and the mystery of the bird's survival becomes the key to saving mankind. I've been told the premise is profound and moving with advance praise from writers and naturalists, including Sy Montgomery, Jeffrey Masson, and Rachel Carson's biographer, Linda Lear. Highly recommended for readers who've considered the probabilities of a biotechnical disaster up against the unpredictable turns of nature--this time a spellbinding bird. I hope you find it an interesting, inspiring read.

BOOK JACKET: Living Downstream

Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment

Author: Sandra Steingraber
Paperback: 440 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 23, 2010)
Originally Published:
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0306818698
ISBN-13: 978-0306818691
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The first edition of Living Downstream -- an exquisite blend of precise science and engaging narrative -- set a new standard for scientific writing. Poet, biologist, and cancer survivor, Steingraber uses all three kinds of experience to investigate the links between cancer and environmental toxins.

The updated science in this exciting new edition strengthens the case for banning poisons now pervasive in our air, our food, and our bodies. Because synthetic chemicals linked to cancer come mostly from petroleum and coal, Steingraber shows that investing in green energy also helps prevent cancer. Saving the planet becomes a matter of saving ourselves and an issue of human rights. A documentary film based on the book will coincide with publication.

BOOK JACKET: DDT and the American Century

DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World (The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. ... Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy)

Author: David Kinkela
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; Reprint edition (August 1, 2013)
Originally Published: 2011
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1469609770
ISBN-13: 978-1469609775
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Praised for its ability to kill insects effectively and cheaply and reviled as an ecological hazard, DDT continues to engender passion across the political spectrum as one of the world's most controversial chemical pesticides. In DDT and the American Century, David Kinkela chronicles the use of DDT around the world from 1941 to the present with a particular focus on the United States, which has played a critical role in encouraging the global use of the pesticide. The banning of DDT in the United States in 1972 is generally regarded as a signal triumph for the American environmental movement. Yet DDT's function as a tool of U.S. foreign policy and its use in international development projects designed to solve problems of disease and famine made it an integral component of the so-called American Century. The varying ways in which scientists, philanthropic foundations, corporations, national governments, and transnational institutions assessed and adjudicated the balance of risks and benefits of DDT within and beyond America's borders, Kinkela argues, demonstrates the gap that existed between global and U.S. perspectives on DDT. DDT and the American Century offers a unique approach to understanding modern environmentalism in a global context.

BOOK JACKET: Bob Hines - National Wildlife Artist

Bob Hines - National Wildlife Artist

Author: John Juriga
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press (February 2, 2012)
Originally Published: February 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1592984401
ISBN-13: 978-1592984404
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As Bob Hines imbued his wildlife subjects with vitality in his artwork, John D. Juriga brings life to Hines's remarkable talent and career in his captivating biography, Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist. Hines, a gifted self-taught artist, found his calling during the darkness of the Great Depression, turning to art as a means of sharing the richness in nature's beauty. His career brought him from designing the 1946 Federal Duck Stamp to joining the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he managed the competition for over thirty years, earning him the nickname of "Mr. Duck Stamp Contest." His collaboration with Rachel Carson and other luminaries placed him on the cusp of the environmental movement in the United States. Celebrating the centennial of Hines's birth, this richly illustrated volume will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and Duck Stamp collectors alike, as well as those interested in the history of conservation in the United States.

BOOK JACKET: Looking for the Goshawks

Looking for the Goshawks

Author: Conor Mark Jameson
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (May 21, 2015)
Originally Published: 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 147292259X
ISBN-13: 978-1472922595
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The book traces Conor Jameson's travels in search of the Goshawk, a magnificent yet rarely seen (in Britain at least) raptor. Each episode of the narrative arises from personal experience, investigation, and the unearthing of information from research, exploration and conversations.

The journey takes him from an encounter with a stuffed Goshawk in a glass case, through travels into supposed Goshawk territories in Britain, to Berlin -- where he finds the bird at ease in the city. Why, he wants to know, is the bird so rarely seen in Britain? He explores the politics of birdwatching, the sport of falconry and the impact of persecution on the recent history of the bird in Britain and travels the length of Britain, through central Europe and the USA in search of answers to the goshawk mystery. Throughout his journey he is inspired by the writings of T H White who told of his attempts to tame a Goshawk in his much-loved book.

It's a gripping tale on the trail of a most mysterious and charismatic bird.

BOOK JACKET: The Narrow Edge

The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey

Author: Deborah Cramer
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (April 26, 2016)
Originally Published: April 28, 2015
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0300219695
ISBN-13: 978-0300219692
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Thousands of ravenous tiny shorebirds race along the water's edge of Delaware Bay, feasting on pin-sized horseshoe-crab eggs. Fueled by millions of eggs, the migrating red knots fly on. When they arrive at last in their arctic breeding grounds, they will have completed a near-miraculous 9,000-mile journey that began in Tierra del Fuego.

Deborah Cramer followed these knots, whose numbers have declined by 75 percent, on their extraordinary odyssey from one end of the earth to the other—from an isolated beach at the tip of South America all the way to the icy tundra. In her firsthand account, she explores how diminishing a single stopover can compromise the birds' entire journey, and how the loss of horseshoe crabs—ancient animals that come ashore but once a year—threatens not only the survival of red knots but also human well-being: the unparalleled ability of horseshoe-crab blood to detect harmful bacteria in vaccines, medical devices, and intravenous drugs safeguards human health. Cramer offers unique insight into how, on an increasingly fragile and congested shore, the lives of red knots, horseshoe crabs, and humans are intertwined. She eloquently portrays the tenacity of small birds and the courage of many people who, bird by bird and beach by beach, keep red knots flying.

BOOK JACKET: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Author: Carl Safina
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 2nd edition (July 14, 2015)
Originally Published: July 14, 2015
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805098887
ISBN-13: 978-0805098884
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Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina's landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack's personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity's place in the world.

BOOK JACKET: Pathways to Our Sustainable Future

Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – An Environmental Ethic for the 21st Century.

Author: Patricia M. DeMarco
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2017)
Originally Published: 2017
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0822965011
ISBN-13: 978-0822965015
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Pittsburgh has a rich history of social consciousness in calls for justice and equity. Today, the movement for more sustainable practices is rising in Pittsburgh. Against a backdrop of Marcellus shale gas development, initiatives emerge for a sustainable and resilient response to the climate change and pollution challenges of the twenty-first century. People, institutions, communities and corporations in Pittsburgh are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Examining the experience of a single city, with all of its social and political complexities and long industrial history, allows a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in adapting to a changing world. Choices for more sustainable pathways for the future include transforming the energy system, restoring infertile ground, and preventing pollution through green chemistry production. Throughout the book, case studies responding to ethical challenges give specific examples of successful ways forward. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s voice of precaution in protecting the Earth, this is a book about empowerment and hope.