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The Dioxin War: Truth and Lies about a Perfect Poisonby Robert Allen
Synopses & Reviews
This is a book about Dioxin, one of the most poisonous chemicals known to humanity. It was the toxic component of Agent Orange, used by the US military to defoliate huge tracts of Vietnam during the war in the 60s and 70s. It can be found in pesticides, plastics, solvents, detergents and cosmetics. Dioxin has been revealed as a human carcinogen, and has been associated with heart disease, liver damage, hormonal disruption, reproductive disorders, developmental destruction and neurological impairment. The Dioxin War is the story of the people who fought to reveal the truth about dioxin. Huge multinationals Dow and Monsanto both manufactured Agent Orange. Robert Allen reveals the attempts by the chemical industry, in collusion with regulatory and health authorities, to cover up the true impact of dioxin on human health. He tells the remarkable story of how a small, dedicated group of people managed to bring the truth about dioxin into the public domain and into the courts - and win.
Book News Annotation:
In this David versus Goliath tale, Allen (a sub-editor at The Sunday Times, UK) describes the legal battles over the chemical dioxin, a key ingredient of Agent Orange that is also found in a wide range of consumer products. His narrative pits a small group of concerned citizens against colluding chemical industry representatives and regulatory and health authorities. Distributed in the US by the U. of Michigan Press.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Robert Allen exposes the attempts by the chemical industry to cover up the true impact of dioxin on human health.
About the Author
Robert Allen is a sub-editor at The Sunday Times. He is also part of an eco-social group, An Talamh Glas, which publishes www.bluegreenearth.com, featuring media activists from across the world.
Table of Contents
What Is Dioxin?
Prologue: The Politics Of Dioxin
1. Awkward Questions: A Dioxin Spill In The Midwest
2. Heart Of Darkness: Phenoxy Herbicides, Agent Orange And The Swedish Doctors
3. Ignorance Is Bliss: The Poisoning Of Missouri
4. Toxic Shock: Deep Rumbling Sounds
5. The Epa: A Regulatory Sleazefest
6. Tears In The Valleys: Incinerator Stories
Epilogue: Challenging Power And Money
Appendix: Bill Gaffey's Work
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