Synopses & Reviews
While the big bad corporation has often been the offender in many of the worldand#8217;s greatest environmental disasters, in the case of the mass poisoning at Camp Lejeune the culprit is a revered institution: the US Marine Corps. For two decades now, revelations have steadily emerged about pervasive contamination, associated clusters of illness and death among the Marine families stationed there, and military stonewalling and failure to act. Mike Magnerand#8217;s chilling investigation creates a suspenseful narrative from the individual stories, scientific evidence, and smoldering sense of betrayal among those whose motto is undying fidelity. He also raises far-reaching and ominous questions about widespread contamination on US military bases worldwide.
Camp Lejeune was established in 1941 as a Marine training base on theNorth Carolina coast and all the evidence in this work points to it being the site of water systems contaminated by nearly a dozenpotentially toxic chemicals. This is mirrored by a disturbing number of miscarriages in the soldier's wives, birth defects, and even menwho developed breast cancer. Behind this casual read is strong investigative journalism conducted by Mike Magner, who is also theauthor of Poisoned Legacy: the Human Cost of BP's Rise to Power. Chapters proceed through the history of the base, touching onadministrative conflicts between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), legal proceedings and themilitary's reliance on the Supreme Court's Feres Doctrine, and a personal look into the lives of suffering veterans and theirfamilies. As of today, victims are still awaiting full compensation despite studies by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of the severe health effects of trichloroethylene.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"The poisoning of the water supply with toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune, the large U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina, began in the 1950s, exposing as many as a million Marines and their families to dangerously contaminated water over the next three decades. It wasn't until the 1980s, though, that the extent of the danger to the health of untold numbers of Camp Lejeune families first came to light. Magner, the managing editor of National Journal, reveals the troubling details of this environmental and public health disaster, the 'largest and worst incidence of a poisoned water supply in history.' This exposÃ© addresses the efforts by Marine Corps officials to ignore evidence of the contamination, drag their heels on warning of the dangers, and continue to allow the contaminated wells to be used long into the 1980s. What initially 'was a story of negligence,' according to Magner, 'turned to dissembling, stonewalling, and obfuscation.' While not exactly the 'untold' story implied by the title, this book is the first complete account of what really happened an adroit mixture of detailed factual reporting and disturbing accounts of the serious health problems suffered by individual Marines and their families." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A gripping expose of the largest and most lethal drinking water contamination in US history and the scandalous 30 year denial and lack of response by military authorities
About the Author
Mike Magner is managing editor at National Journal, a highly respected print and online publication for Washington insiders, and is the author of Poisoned Legacy: The Human Cost of BPand#8217;s Rise to Power, published by St. Martinand#8217;s Press in 2011. He has been a journalist for 37 years, including 15 years in the Washington Bureau for Newhouse Newspapers, five years with the Natural Resources News Service and five years at the National Journal.