By Linda Sargent Wood

ISBN-10: 0195377745

ISBN-13: 9780195377743

ISBN-10: 0199922888

ISBN-13: 9780199922888

In 1962, while the chilly warfare threatened to ignite within the Cuban Missile predicament, while extra nuclear attempt bombs have been detonated than in the other yr in heritage, Rachel Carson published her personal bombshell, Silent Spring, to problem society's use of insecticides. To counter using chemicals--and bombs--the naturalist articulated a holistic imaginative and prescient. She wrote a couple of "web of lifestyles" that hooked up people to the area round them and argued that activities taken in a single position had results somewhere else. millions authorized her message, joined environmental teams, flocked to Earth Day celebrations, and lobbied for legislative regulation.

Carson was once no longer the one highbrow to provide holistic solutions to society's difficulties. This e-book uncovers a sensibility in post-World conflict II American tradition that either verified the good judgment of the chilly conflict and fed a few of the 20th century's strongest social activities, from civil rights to environmentalism to the counterculture. The learn examines very important leaders and associations that embraced and placed into perform a holistic imaginative and prescient for a relaxed, healthy, and simply international: nature author Rachel Carson, structural engineer R. Buckminster Fuller, civil rights chief Martin Luther King Jr., Jesuit priest and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow, and the Esalen Institute and its founders, Michael Murphy and Dick rate. each one regarded to complete platforms rather than elements and serious about connections, interdependencies, and integration to create a greater world.

Though the '60s goals of making a extra ideal international have been tempered through financial inequalities, political corruption, and deep social divisions, this holistic sensibility keeps to steer American tradition today.

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