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Robert B. Downs in his landmark work Books That Changed America, compared the impact of Silent Spring on society to that of some of the most influential books ever published. Comparable in its impact on public consciousness, and demand for instant action, to Tom Paine’s Common Sense, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), describing the disastrous effects on the balance of nature caused by the irresponsible use of insecticides and other pest controls.
Bogart: A Life in Hollywood. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. Sperber, A. , and Eric Lax. Bogart. New York: William Morrow, 1997. ANDREW CARNEGIE (1815–1919) The railroad and iron and steel baron Andrew Carnegie was the greatest individual benefactor of free public libraries in history. ” He provided vast amounts of money for public libraries, which made books and other reading materials available to countless numbers of middle-class and poor people who otherwise would not have had access to such resources.
Harriet Beech Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was one of his favorite books. He read it so many times that his mother finally hid it from him, fearing he would damage his eyes. Although he vastly enjoyed the book in childhood, he became quite critical of it as an adult. He then judged the book to be “very bad,” and that its portrayal of black people was “sentimental and dis honest” (Campbell, 63). Among the other works he read as a youth were Robert Louis Stevenson’s prose and poetry. He also enjoyed the rags-to-riches Horatio Alger stories.
Books and reading in the lives of notable Americans : a biographical sourcebook by John Anthony McCrossan