New Book on Rachel Carson 50 Years After Silent Spring (audio)

Rachel Carson statue next to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh N.C.

It has been 50 years since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring, one of the most significant books written in the 20th Century. Author William Souder discusses his new biography about Carson’s life and the impact she had on today’s modern environmental movement on the Diane Rehm Show.

Rachel Carson, an avid reader dreamed of becoming a writer, but became a scientist after a college biology teacher turned Carson’s interest to the sciences. Her work at the Bureau of Fisheries led to the 1951 bestseller, The Sea Around Us, the second of three books she wrote on ocean life. When Carson learned in the 1950s a Long Island, N.Y., community was suing the federal government for spraying the insecticide DDT it inspired Carson write the 1962 classic, Silent Spring, which launched the modern environmental movement.

A timely interview, Souder describes Carson’s life and the impact Silent Spring had on the natural world.

Here is a description of the book.

And a podcast of the interview on the Diane Rehm Show.

 

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