Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

This influential environmental science book presents a detailed and passionate argument against the overuse of pesticides in the mid-20th century. The author meticulously describes the harmful effects of these chemicals on the environment, particularly on birds, hence the metaphor of a 'silent spring' without bird song. The book played a significant role in advancing the global environmental movement and led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides in the United States.

The 68th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 2465

Since this book was first published in 1962, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 2465.0.

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