Deceit and denial [electronic resource] : the deadly politics of industrial pollution /
Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner.
Berkeley : University of California Press ; New York : The Milbank Memorial Fund, [2013]
xx, 420 pages ; 23 cm.
0520275829, 9780520275829
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Berkeley : University of California Press ; New York : The Milbank Memorial Fund, [2013]
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"With a new epilogue."
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-400) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gerald Markowitz is University Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. David Rosner, Ronald Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and History and Codirector of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University, is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. They are coauthors of Children, Race, and Power; Deadly Dust; and Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children.
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" Deceit and Denial ...lays bare the truth about how every one of us in America is imperiled when powerful corporations forsake their responsibility to the public health. Rosner and Markowitz have combined the skills of historical research, investigative journalism, and scientific analysis to tell a story that should shake an industry and alert a nation."--Bill Moyers " Deceit and Denial is a real public service in reminding all of us that fundamental to protecting our air, water, and the health of our communities and families is the public's right to know."--Carol M. Browner, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 1933-2001 "This is an especially important book at a time when industry is increasingly sponsoring risk research, and 'voluntary' evaluation is the norm. And it is all the more important at a time when new bio-engineered products are being marketed with little understanding of long-term clinical and subclinical risks."--Dorothy Nelkin, coauthor of The DNA Mystique: The Gene as Cultural Icon and Body Bazaar: The Market for Human Tissue i nthe Biotechnology Age "In this time of community health crises, appalling environmental disasters, and political dismay, Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner have given us an urgently needed, galvanizing, hopeful history of triumphant public activism against the greatest odds. In the face of corporate cruelty and lies, labor and community activists, lawyers, and historians stopped polluters and saved countless lives. This vivid, splendid book floodlights past abuses as it charts the road toward a healing, safer future."--Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt
Main Description
Deceit and Denial details the attempts by the chemical and lead industries to deceive Americans about the dangers that their deadly products present to workers, the public, and consumers. Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner pursued evidence steadily and relentlessly, interviewed the important players, investigated untapped sources, and uncovered a bruising story of cynical and cruel disregard for health and human rights. This resulting exposé is full of startling revelations, provocative arguments, and disturbing conclusions--all based on remarkable research and information gleaned from secret industry documents. This book reveals for the first time the public relations campaign that the lead industry undertook to convince Americans to use its deadly product to paint walls, toys, furniture, and other objects in America's homes, despite a wealth of information that children were at risk for serious brain damage and death from ingesting this poison. This book highlights the immediate dangers ordinary citizens face because of the relentless failure of industrial polluters to warn, inform, and protect their workers and neighbors. It offers a historical analysis of how corporate control over scientific research has undermined the process of proving the links between toxic chemicals and disease. The authors also describe the wisdom, courage, and determination of workers and community members who continue to voice their concerns in spite of vicious opposition. Readable, pathbreaking, and revelatory, Deceit and Denial provides crucial answers to questions of dangerous environmental degradation, escalating corporate greed, and governmental disregard for its citizens' safety and health.
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This book does for the lead and plastics industries what "A Civil Action" did for WR Grace or "Erin Brockovich" did for PG & E. It focuses on the industries rather than heroic individuals, and develops an argument for government action as the only remedy against corporate self-interest.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Industry's Childp. 1
The House of the Butterflies: Lead Poisoning among Workers and Consumersp. 12
A Child Lives in a Lead Worldp. 36
Cater to the Children: The Promotion of White Leadp. 64
Old Poisons, New Problemsp. 108
Better Living through Chemistry?p. 139
Evidence of an Illegal Conspiracy by Industryp. 168
Damn Liarsp. 195
Ol' Man River or Cancer Alley?p. 234
A Hazy Mixture: Science, Civil Rights, Pollution, and Politicsp. 263
Science and Prudent Public Policyp. 287
Conclusionp. 299
Epiloguep. 307
Notesp. 317
Indexp. 401
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