Rachel Carson's ground-breaking classic, Silent Spring, radically changed the public's view of the natural world and initiated the modern environmental movement. In this definitive biography of the acclaimed ecologist and science writer, Linda Lear draws on previously unavailable sources and on interviews with those who knew her to provide a richly-detailed portrayal of a life characterised by extraordinary courage and determination. It was through her work as a government scientist and editor that her views about the potential dangers of synthetic pesticides evolved. By the late 1950s, Carson had transformed her colourless government research into three brilliant, popular books about the sea, including The Sea Around Us, and had become the most respected science writer in America. Lear gives a compelling portrait of this heroic woman who struggled against cancer to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning.