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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.

Review:

"This ably written book makes a strong case for a precautionary approach toward the regulation of toxic hazards." The Lancet

Review:

"Provides a most readable narrative history. . . . Even for those unfamiliar with the players, this is a riveting account that can convey a better understanding of the complex influences of corporate-government interactions and the cost to health." Journal of the American Medical Association

Review:

"Ought to give thousands of corporate executives insomnia." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review:

"The authors are prominent historians of public health and their thesis is forcefully articulated and massively documented. . . . They are muckrakers, but extraordinarily well-informed practitioners of that traditional American art. And they have found a good deal of muck to uncover." Science

Review:

"Deceit and Denial is so muscularly researched that it reads like a scholarly criminal indictment. The authors have marshaled an impressive body of evidence?from archival materials to legal documents?in depicting industry's disregard for worker safety and public health." Keith Kloor, Audubon

Review:

"[T]his is a riveting account that can convey a better understanding of the complex influences of corporate-government interactions and the cost to health." Journal of the American Medical Association

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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 in the Biotechnology Age

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

"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

About the Author

Gerald Markowitz is Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. David Rosner is Professor of History and Public Health at Columbia University and Director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. They are coauthors of Children, Race, and Power: Kenneth and Mamie Clark's Northside Center and Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease in Twentieth Century America. They are coeditors of Dying for Work: Safety and Health in the United States and Slaves of the Depression: Workers' Letters about Life on the Job.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Industrys Child

The House of the Butterflies

Lead Poisoning among Workers and Consumers

A Child Lives in a Lead World

Cater to the Children

The Promotion of White Lead

Old Poisons, New Problems

Better Living through Chemistry?

Evidence of an Illegal Conspiracy by Industry

Damn Liars

Ol Man River or Cancer Alley?

A Hazy Mixture

Science, Civil Rights, Pollution, and Politics

Science and Prudent Public Policy

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240636
Subtitle:
The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Markowitz, Gerald
Author:
Rosner, David
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Pollution
Subject:
Environmental health
Subject:
Factory and trade waste
Subject:
Industries - Manufacturing Industries
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
Health Policy
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public
Series Volume:
FO 2226
Publication Date:
20030915
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 b/w photographs
Pages:
428
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 24 oz

Related Subjects

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Product details 428 pages University of California Press - English 9780520240636 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This ably written book makes a strong case for a precautionary approach toward the regulation of toxic hazards."
"Review" by , "Provides a most readable narrative history. . . . Even for those unfamiliar with the players, this is a riveting account that can convey a better understanding of the complex influences of corporate-government interactions and the cost to health."
"Review" by , "Ought to give thousands of corporate executives insomnia."
"Review" by , "The authors are prominent historians of public health and their thesis is forcefully articulated and massively documented. . . . They are muckrakers, but extraordinarily well-informed practitioners of that traditional American art. And they have found a good deal of muck to uncover."
"Review" by , "Deceit and Denial is so muscularly researched that it reads like a scholarly criminal indictment. The authors have marshaled an impressive body of evidence?from archival materials to legal documents?in depicting industry's disregard for worker safety and public health."
"Review" by , "[T]his is a riveting account that can convey a better understanding of the complex influences of corporate-government interactions and the cost to health."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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 in the Biotechnology Age
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,
"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

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