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By Linda Sargent Wood

In 1962, whilst the chilly battle threatened to ignite within the Cuban Missile difficulty, whilst extra nuclear try out bombs have been detonated than in the other yr in background, 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 few "web of lifestyles" that hooked up people to the area round them and argued that activities taken in a single position had outcomes in other places. millions authorised her message, joined environmental teams, flocked to Earth Day celebrations, and lobbied for legislative regulation.

Carson used to be now not the single highbrow to supply holistic solutions to society's difficulties. This e-book uncovers a sensibility in post-World battle II American tradition that either confirmed the good judgment of the chilly battle and fed a few of the 20th century's strongest social pursuits, from civil rights to environmentalism to the counterculture. The learn examines vital 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 seemed to entire platforms rather than elements and fascinated by connections, interdependencies, and integration to create a greater world.

Though the '60s desires of constructing a extra ideal international have been tempered by means of financial inequalities, political corruption, and deep social divisions, this holistic sensibility maintains to persuade American tradition today.

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