Children study a museum exhibit on Rachel Carson's influential best seller Silent Spring at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia in 1998.

Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Silent Spring, written by Rachel Carson, has proved to be one of the most influential books in the modern environmental movement. It was first published in serial form in the New Yorker in 1962, and then in book form the same year by Houghton Mifflin. It was influential in providing the impetus for tighter control of pesticides and was widely read by the general public, becoming a New York Times best seller as well as a Book-of-the-Month club selection. Silent Spring has been honored on many lists of influential books, including ...

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