Synopses & Reviews
An intensely personal story crossed with a political potboiler, Left in the Dust
is a unique and passionate account of the city of Los Angeles's creation, cover-up and inadequate attempts to repair a major environmental catastrophe. Owens River, which once fed Owens Lake, was diverted away from the lake to supply the faucets and sprinklers of Los Angeles. The dry lakebed now contains a dust saturated with toxic heavy metals, which are blown from the lake and inhaled by unsuspecting citizens throughout the Midwest, causing major health issues. Karen Piper, one of the victims who grew up breathing that dust, reveals the shocking truth behind this tragedy and examines how waste and pollution are often neglected to encourage urban growth, while poor, non-white, and rural areas are forgotten or sacrificed.
For fans of Erin Brockovich, the compelling story of one woman's fight to expose an environmental disaster
About the Author
is Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Missouri-Columbia and author of Cartographic Fictions: Maps, Race, and Identity
. She lives in Columbia, Missouri.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Esprit de Corps
at the Department of Water and Power * Manufacturing Whiteness * The Department of Water and Power vs. The Paiutes * "We Ate the Dust" at Manzanar * Control Measures * "There It Is, Fix It" * Conclusion