"Rachel Carson, arguably one of the most influential environmentalists, is considered the founder of the contemporary environmental movement. Carson wrote many books throughout her career at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, but it was the book that she published in 1964 that had an overwhelming affect on Americans.
‘Silent Spring’ was the culmination of observations and research conducted throughout Carson’s career on the negative impact of synthetic pesticides, specifically the pesticide DDT. This book reflected a growing concern among Americans about the state of our environment. Carson, a bestselling author, was the recipient of the Burroughs Medal, and the National Book Award for non-fiction."