Almost 50 years have passed since the first publication of Silent Spring, igniting a firestorm of controversy that raged in both the print and television media. For well over a year television, newspapers and magazines in the United States were filled with charges and countercharges. It was front-page material and it triggered a public debate that ricocheted from living room to board room and became the focus of presidential and congressional investigations.

Silent Spring was published in the United Kingdom the following year by Hamish Hamilton and was eventually translated into more than 15 ...


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