Poison Spring: Review

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I found this book to be incredibly informative and fascinating.

This book touches on a wide variety of topics all relating to the EPA and the poisons that they allow crops to be sprayed with. The author does a good job of including a varied assortment of materials, ranging from DDT (a commonly talked about toxin) to the effects these poisons have on honeybees (a somewhat uncommon topic). Although each chapter was relating to a different topic, every chapter had the same overlying message which aided in tying the chapters together and transitioning from chapter to chapter. The flow between chapters was seamless and logical, never leaving the reader lost as to what was being talked about and how it related to the main topic.

The author offers a unique perspective on all of the information, having worked within the EPA for many years. Rather than an author who had just done research on the topic but was just a member of the general public, this author had insider knowledge and brought that knowledge to the reader. I thought the authors perspective definitely aided in presenting the information to the reader in a more convincing manner.

I enjoyed the writing in this book. The author definitely understands how to write in a factual and straightforward manner. Although there was a lot of technical information in this book and a lot of scientific data, the author puts in obvious effort to try and make the information accessible to the general reader. Although I wouldn’t recommend reading this book unless you are comfortable reading texts with a lot of scientific information in them, the author does do a nice job of trying to unscramble the information for the general reader.

Overall, I found this book to be glaringly informative and interesting to read. By the end of the book, I felt that I had truly learned a lot about pesticides and the way that the EPA functions. I would recommend reading something like “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson before reading this book, but for those who already have some background knowledge and would like to learn more about the EPA and pesticides, this is the perfect book for you.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.


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