Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin in September 1962. The book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement. When Silent Spring was published, Rachel Carson was already a well-known writer on natural history, but had not previously been a social critic. The book was widely read (especially after its selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the New York Times best-seller list), and inspired widespread public concerns with pesticides and pollution of the environment. Silent Spring facilitated the ban of the pesticide DDT in 1972 in the United States. The book documented detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds. Carson said that DDT had been found to cause thinner egg shells and result in reproductive problems and death. She also accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically.

The 15th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - 78th on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  3. - 87th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  4. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))
  5. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (About.com)
  6. - Books That Changed the World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History (Book)
  7. - Books That Changed the World (Book)
  8. - Best Books Ever (bookdepository.com)
  9. - 48 Good Books (University of Buffalo)
  10. - 50 Books That Changed the World (Open Education Database)
  11. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)
  12. - The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time (The Guardian)
  13. - 50 Greatest Books of All Time (Globe and Mail)
  14. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Silent Spring Paperback 2156 $2.59 $1.50 2002
Silent Spring Mass Market Paperback 1598663 $9.99 $2.75
Silent Spring (AUDIOBOOK) [CD] (UNABRIDGED) [Unabridged] [Audio CD] Audio CD 2790151 $28.50
Silent Spring Paperback 755255 $2.50 $0.01
Silent Spring Mass Market Paperback 1665288 $37.93 $1.56 1964
Silent Spring Audio CD 4430685 $67.00
Silent Spring Kindle Edition 18600 $8.52 2002
Silent Spring Hardcover 72037 $10.99 $2.81 2002
Silent Spring: 25th Anniversary Edition Paperback 562745 $2.99 $0.01 1987
Silent Spring Mass Market Paperback 2493263 $15.00 2
Silent Spring Paperback 779977 $3.67 $0.24 2002
Silent Spring Mass Market Paperback 1873077 $239.68 $0.96 1981
Rachel Carson: Silent Spring & Other Environmental Writings (The Library of America) Hardcover 200592 $35.00 2018
Silent Spring (Chinese Edition) Paperback 2772380 $12.99 $29.56 2015
Silent Spring Anniversary edition by Carson, Rachel (2002) Paperback Paperback 579419 $39.90 $34.08
Silent Spring Anniversary Edition by Carson, Rachel published by Houghton Mifflin Company (2002) Paperback 285570 $10.11 $8.66
The Silent Spring (Chinese Edition) Hardcover 943099 $18.99 2015