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ISBN13: 9780679772675
ISBN10: 0679772677
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Awards

Winner of the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Awards

Synopses & Reviews

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In this true story of an epic courtroom showdown, two of the nation's largest corporations stand accused of causing the deaths of children. Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant, Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything, including his sanity. A searing, compelling tale of a legal system gone awry — one in which greed and power fight an unending struggle against justice — A Civil Action is also the story of how one determined man can ultimately make a difference. With an unstoppable narrative power, it is an unforgettable reading experience.

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"Whether in truth or fiction, I have never read a more compelling chronicle of litigation." John Grisham

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"[A] page-turner. So rich and vivid that it becomes a good deal more than a simple, interesting case study." The New York Times

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"Once you start A Civil Action, you probably will not be able to put it down." Washington Post Book World

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"The legal thriller of the decade." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"Harr has told the story expertly, although more exhaustively than most readers may wish." Publishers Weekly

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"Entertaining insight to litigation that any law-minded reader will follow from first filing to last appeal." Booklist

Synopsis:

"The legal thriller of the decade." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

Now a Major Motion Picture!

In this true story of an epic courtroom showdown, two of the nation's largest corporations stand accused of causing the deaths of children. Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything, including his sanity. A searing, compelling tale of a legal system gone awry--one in which greed and power fight an unending struggle against justice--A Civil Action is also the story of how one determined man can ultimately make a difference. With an unstoppable narrative power, it is an unforgettable reading experience.

About the Author

Jonathan Harr lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he has taught nonfiction writing at Smith College. He is a former staff writer at New England Monthly and has written for the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine. Harr spent nine years researching and writing A Civil Action, which was published in 1995, subsequently nominated for a National Book Award, and awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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jakepemberton93, April 7, 2015 (view all comments by jakepemberton93)
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“A Civil Action” is a compelling true story that takes place in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1966 to 1986. This book addresses the direct effects that pollution has on a town and how hard it is to keep big name companies accountable in regards of pollution.
“A Civil Action” story is told through a narrative that will engage most audiences. It is very easy to read and comprehend. The book begins with the town of Woburn complaining about the well water pumped from Wells G and H. The water was foggy, had a horrible stench, and tasted gross. The book changes gears and focuses on a couple of the local families in Woburn that find out that their sons have cancer. Anne Anderson has a gut feeling that it might be the water, but no one would believe her. On September 10, 1979 her suspicions were confirmed in a news article in the Woburn Daily Times (38). Charles C. Ryan reported that “past July of a half-buried lagoon, nearly an acre in size and five feet deep, was contaminated with arsenic, lead, chromium, and traces of other heavy metals” (39). The lagoon also contained rotting animal hides, hair, and slaughterhouse wastes (39). To conclude the article it was pointed out that “Arsenic in small doses is suspected as a cancer-causing agent” (39). Later Reverend Young and Anne Anderson discovered that in the past 15 years there were a total of 12 leukemia cases in children. Six of them were in the Pine Street neighborhood and the others were within a mile radius of each other (40). All drank water from the Wells G and H.
Then the story takes a turn and introduces Jan Schlichtmann who turns out to be the lawyer that takes the Woburn case. Many of Schlichtmann’s colleagues told him not to take this case because it is a “black hole”. The three main companies Schlichtmann faced were Beatrice Foods, W.R. Grace, and Unifirst. The rest of the book is about the long, laborious, and expensive trial to convict these companies of water contamination and causing the cancer cases. This is by the way is very entertaining. In the end Schlichtmann settles the cases and goes bankrupt.
“A Civil Action” is overall a very entertaining book, but also points out some major issues. One issue being how pollution directly affects people and the other being how hard it is to keep companies accountable in regards to pollution.
The first issue shows that pollution does not just effect the environment, but also can harm people. The polluted water caused children to die of cancer. The pollution of the lagoon shows the process of water runoff. It is similar to environmental factors with pesticides. After the chemicals are sprayed, the rain takes the remaining chemicals to other ecosystems including bodies of water. The polluted lagoon runoff went into the groundwater that contaminated the drinking water. This shows companies how harmful one pollution act can be to a town and in this case young children.
The second issue points out that it is really hard to keep companies accountable for their actions in regards of pollution. It is ridiculous how much time and money Schlichtmann had to sacrifice to get a settlement on this case. As a result of reading this story, I believe that there needs to be better laws to keep companies accountable for their pollution crimes. There should be an easier way to convict companies of pollution crimes. It is unjust that Schlichtmann went bankrupt after fighting for justice on this case. If nothing changes in the law, lawyers will stay away from these cases and companies will proceed to get away with pollution crimes that hurt the environment and put people’s lives at risk.
“A Civil Action” does an amazing job of telling the story of Woburn, Massachusetts. It also raises awareness of the harmful effects pollution can have on people and that there needs to be change in the law system to keep companies accountable for pollution crimes.
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riveracarlos714, July 4, 2009 (view all comments by riveracarlos714)
This book from the moment i started on reading cought my attention. It's true what the reviewer's say its a page to page turner with compelling discriptions and interesting facts. I am deeply compelled by this story and I have to admit this is one of the most amazeing books that I have read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679772675
Editor:
Harr, Jonathan
Editor:
Asher, Marty
Editor:
Harr, Jonathan
Editor:
Asher, Marty
Author:
Harr, Jonathan
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Legal System
Subject:
Connecticut
Subject:
Pollution
Subject:
Torts
Subject:
Groundwater
Subject:
Liability for hazardous substances pollution
Subject:
Liability for water pollution damages -- Massachusetts -- Woburn.
Subject:
Anderson, Anne - Trials, litigation, etc
Subject:
W.R. Grace & Co - Trials, litigation, etc
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Crime-Enforcement and Investigation
Subject:
law;non-fiction;fiction;legal;environment;pollution;litigation;massachusetts;history;true crime;current affairs;crime;trials;lawyers;trial;thriller;politics;novel;20th century;justice;environmental;national book critics circle award;legal thriller;environ
Subject:
law;non-fiction;fiction;legal;environment;pollution;litigation;massachusetts;history;true crime;current affairs;crime;trials;lawyers;trial;thriller;politics;novel;20th century;justice;environmental;national book critics circle award;legal thriller;environ
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
August 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
MAP
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.12 x 0.86 in 0.78 lb

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Product details 512 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679772675 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Whether in truth or fiction, I have never read a more compelling chronicle of litigation."
"Review" by , "[A] page-turner. So rich and vivid that it becomes a good deal more than a simple, interesting case study."
"Review" by , "Once you start A Civil Action, you probably will not be able to put it down."
"Review" by , "The legal thriller of the decade."
"Review" by , "Harr has told the story expertly, although more exhaustively than most readers may wish."
"Review" by , "Entertaining insight to litigation that any law-minded reader will follow from first filing to last appeal."
"Synopsis" by , "The legal thriller of the decade." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

Now a Major Motion Picture!

In this true story of an epic courtroom showdown, two of the nation's largest corporations stand accused of causing the deaths of children. Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything, including his sanity. A searing, compelling tale of a legal system gone awry--one in which greed and power fight an unending struggle against justice--A Civil Action is also the story of how one determined man can ultimately make a difference. With an unstoppable narrative power, it is an unforgettable reading experience.

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