Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to inspire a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history. This definitive, sweeping biography shows the origins of Carson’s fierce dedication to natural science–and tells the dramatic story of how Carson, already a famous nature writer, became a brilliant if reluctant reformer. Drawing on unprecedented access to sources and interviews, Lear masterfully explores the roots of Carson’s powerful connection to the natural world, crafting a “fine portrait of the environmentalist as a human being” (Smithsonian Magazine).


Linda Lear is the editor of LOST WOODS: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson and served as the consultant for the PBS television documentary “The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson” for The American Experience, and is a founder of the Lear/Carson archive at Connecticut College. Her most recent book is BEATRIX POTTER: A Life in Nature. She lives in Bethesda, MD.