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ISBN13: 9780399150951
ISBN10: 0399150951
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The horrifying true story of the decades-long poisoning of a small town and the definitive exposof asbestos in America-told by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who broke it.

In a valley in Montana, the U.S. has spent millions of dollars removing toxic residue from a town that had lain pristine for ages. Until the last century, when the dust came down like a snowstorm. That dust turned a paradise into the worst of America's killing fields, a name at the top of the list that includes Love Canal and Woburn. A place now known to be deadlier than all the rest: Libby.

An Air That Kills is told through the eyes of the men and women who fought back-among them, a woman who watched more than forty members of her family succumb to asbestos; a miner who worked there and carried the poison home; and an EPA investigator who battled not only one of the world's most powerful corporations but also his superiors in Washington. It is the first book to reveal how deeply asbestos has embedded itself into the texture of America: how many people have died or are dying; how the industry and government repeatedly ignored the danger; and how, for many Americans, the dying is not over. It is a suspense story with real American heroes at its heart and one of the most importants works of environmental journalism in years.

Book News Annotation:

Journalists Schneider and McCumber conducted 640 interviews and did plenty of archival work to construct this account of how residents of Libby, Montana, along with a few crusaders from outside, fought to have the mining stopped, the long slow disaster investigated, the town cleaned up as well as possible, and the people who would be dying attended to. They also explore problems that could be affecting millions of Americans, such as asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from Libby in basements and attics, and contamination in and near ore-processing plants around the country, as well as EPA (and White House) pretense about asbestos exposure at Ground Zero in New York City, among other topics.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [409]-429) and index.

Synopsis:

The horrifying true story of the decades-long poisoning of a small town and the definitive exposé of asbestos in America-told by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who broke it.

In a valley in Montana, the U.S. has spent millions of dollars removing toxic residue from a town that had lain pristine for ages. Until the last century, when the dust came down like a snowstorm. That dust turned a paradise into the worst of America's killing fields, a name at the top of the list that includes Love Canal and Woburn. A place now known to be deadlier than all the rest: Libby.

An Air That Kills is told through the eyes of the men and women who fought back-among them, a woman who watched more than forty members of her family succumb to asbestos; a miner who worked there and carried the poison home; and an EPA investigator who battled not only one of the world's most powerful corporations but also his superiors in Washington. It is the first book to reveal how deeply asbestos has embedded itself into the texture of America: how many people have died or are dying; how the industry and government repeatedly ignored the danger; and how, for many Americans, the dying is not over. It is a suspense story with real American heroes at its heart and one of the most importants works of environmental journalism in years.

About the Author

Andrew Schneider is the deputy assistant managing editor for investigation for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Among his numerous prizes are two Pulitzers.

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zaisho, December 3, 2006 (view all comments by zaisho)
It takes great courage to expose what happened in Libby Montana, and not to forget the love canal horror.
It gives me the encouragement that I have needed to finish my book on other abuse, that has plagued our world. Yet goes on every day and people turn a blind eye to it, until it happens to them or someone they love. I admire these men for researching and exposing such a horrible problem that has not yet reached the public at large and when it does it will have been too late just like for those that died in Libby Montana.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399150951
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Location:
New York
Author:
McCumber, David
Author:
Schneider, Andrew
Author:
Schneider, Andrew, and David McCumber
Subject:
General
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Safety
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Mineral industries
Subject:
Work-Related Health
Subject:
Asbestos
Subject:
Asbestosis.
Subject:
Vermiculite.
Subject:
Mesothelioma.
Subject:
Libby
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 4K89-28
Publication Date:
20040126
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.34x6.34x1.45 in. 1.69 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Air and Water
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Pollution

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Product details 448 pages Putnam Adult - English 9780399150951 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [409]-429) and index.
"Synopsis" by , The horrifying true story of the decades-long poisoning of a small town and the definitive exposé of asbestos in America-told by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who broke it.

In a valley in Montana, the U.S. has spent millions of dollars removing toxic residue from a town that had lain pristine for ages. Until the last century, when the dust came down like a snowstorm. That dust turned a paradise into the worst of America's killing fields, a name at the top of the list that includes Love Canal and Woburn. A place now known to be deadlier than all the rest: Libby.

An Air That Kills is told through the eyes of the men and women who fought back-among them, a woman who watched more than forty members of her family succumb to asbestos; a miner who worked there and carried the poison home; and an EPA investigator who battled not only one of the world's most powerful corporations but also his superiors in Washington. It is the first book to reveal how deeply asbestos has embedded itself into the texture of America: how many people have died or are dying; how the industry and government repeatedly ignored the danger; and how, for many Americans, the dying is not over. It is a suspense story with real American heroes at its heart and one of the most importants works of environmental journalism in years.

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