Author: Rachel Carson
Year Published: 1962
Description: Widely credited for sparking the modern environmental movement, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson exposed the damaging impact of pesticides on the environment, especially birds, and accused the chemical industry of intentionally misleading the public regarding their use. Its publication caused a major uproar, prompting President John F. Kennedy to direct members of his Science Advisory Committee to investigate its claims, which they substantiated. From public policy to individual behavior to corporate "green" initiatives, the book had a massive impact that still reverberates today.
'Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.'