Winner of the National Book Award in 1952 this non-fiction book about all the water on planet Earth and how it affects all life and how we affect it holds up surprisingly well. Well written and smooth flowing though it is full of science facts and terms. This book will make you care about the seas, the oceans and all of the water cycle and why corporate and city pollution do matter.
Haunting, well written text on the damage done by pesticides to the land and water well all depend upon for everyday life. First written as 3 articles in The New Yorker in 1962 Rachel Carson shows her expertise not only as a marine biologist but also as a lyrical writer. She draws you in. She is credited with starting the environmental movement mainly from discussions that arose from this book. Even though it was written 50 years ago her concern for the environment and the responsibility we all have to take for how we affect it is still relevant today. I did not know before reading this book the there was a classic environmental book but this is it; deserving the title both as a work of science and a literary work.
This month’s reading challenge for our library staff reading competition was to read at least one environmental book.
This was a very informative book which showed it’s facts in a variety of ways: photos, graphs, traditional text, and artwork. This book is defiantly an eye-opening read about the scarcity of clean drinking water throughout the world including countries like the U.S. that traditionally haven’t worried about water supply. It also discusses a variety of ways that countries are trying to deal with this crisis. The author is definitely anti-privatization of water supply and I have to say I agree. Water is a necessity for life and shouldn’t be something that companies make a profit from distributing. That said, I do see a growing challenge for towns, states and countries to continue to provide safe and affordable drinking water for their citizens.