From the notes, bibliography, and her appraisal of the dangerously positive literature about pesticides, the author is aware of more than the ecological overkill which will be a deterrent to this book. It is a thorough popular science presentation of all the contaminants you are likely to meet from the cradle to the likelier grave, all around the house and that not so great as all outdoors. Whether it's DDT, mercury, defoliants, cyclamates, chemical fertilizers, etc., etc. or embalming fluid in hamburgers and peroxide in bread. The second section, Alternatives, is perhaps more important since much of the material will be unfamiliar to that general reader: there are many countermeasures from re-education and litigation and overall legislation, to specifics in pest control such as sex attractants, systemic and safe insecticides, sound and light, chemosterilants, and more ""natural"" methods including other animals and insects. Needless to say, the protected (self)interests of agribusiness, scientists on campus and off, regulatory officials and legislators from the FDA to WHO do not escape justified condemnation. In the ever unsilent spring, a very worthy contribution.