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Authors: Rachel Carson

Silent Spring

Silent Spring
Fortieth Anniversary Edition
Rachel Carson
Table of Contents

Title Page

Table of Contents

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Dedication

Copyright

Epigraphs

Author's Note

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. A Fable for Tomorrow

2. The Obligation to Endure

3. Elixirs of Death

4. Surface Waters and Underground Seas

5. Realms of the Soil

6. Earth's Green Mantle

7. Needless Havoc

8. And No Birds Sing

9. Rivers of Death

10. Indiscriminately from the Skies

11. Beyond the Dreams of the Borgias

12. The Human Price

13. Through a Narrow Window

14. One in Every Four

15. Nature Fights Back

16. The Rumblings of an Avalanche

17. The Other Road

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List of Principal Sources

Afterword

Index

About the Author

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Introduction by Linda Lear

Afterword by
Edward O. Wilson

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"Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.
He will end by destroying the earth."

First Mariner Books edition 2002

Copyright © 1962 by Rachel L. Carson
Copyright © renewed 1990 by Roger Christie
Introduction copyright © 2002 by Linda Lear
Afterword copyright © 2002 by Edward O. Wilson

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Portions of this book were first published as a series of
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I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially.

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written in January 1958, Olga Owens Huckins told me of her own bitter experience of a small world made lifeless, and so brought my attention sharply back to a problem with which I had long been concerned. I then realized I must write this book.

During the years since then I have received help and encouragement from so many people that it is not possible to name them all here. Those who have freely shared with me the fruits of many years' experience and study represent a wide variety of government agencies in this and other countries, many universities and research institutions, and many professions. To all of them I express my deepest thanks for time and thought so generously given.

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