2013 Books Issue | Two books celebrating 50th anniversaries in the past year offered cures worse than the disease
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 6/14/13, 01:00 am
Two movements that helped define the last half of the 20th century—feminism and environmentalism—owe much to books that celebrated 50th birthdays in the past year: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. Both highly readable books also left a legacy of controversy and—critics say—massive destruction.