It has been years since the Old Soldier read Silent Spring. So, this afternoon when I walked down to the public library to return a book on the history of the Italian city of Venice, I could not help but to scoop up Rachel Carson, Witness For Nature.
The biography, written by Linda Lear and published in 1997, was on the shelf that the library uses to showcase different books in circulation.
It’s a glorious fall day in Pittsburgh today. It’s mild (61) and sunny. College students were everywhere. The Old Soldier felt happy and young.
Well, the book on Rachel Carson is a fat one, over 600 pages if you count the end notes.
So, I will be reporting off and on about what I read about this great woman. If you don’t realize that we are poisoning this planet that sustains us, that we are entering a critical phrase for the continuation of our species, you haven’t been paying attention.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.
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- Rachel Carson Didn’t Kill Millions of Africans (slate.com)
- What is the legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring? | Leo Hickman (guardian.co.uk)