Books Helpful to Those Working on Restoring Quiet in Communities

  • Gordon Hempton & John Grossman, One Square Inch of Silence, Free Press (2009—Hempton journeys through the US to identify quiet areas in nature. Discussion of the loss of quiet in our world.
  • George Prochnik, In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise, Anchor (2011)—A documentary-type book recounting investigations into noise such as boom cars, traffic, and muzak® etc.
  • John Stewart et al., Why Noise Matters: A Worldwide Perspective on the Problems, Policies and Solutions, Earthscan (2011)—One of the best summary volumes on noise problems in today’s society. While written from a British/UK perspective, the general information may apply to Pennsylvania communities.