The Poisoning of an American High School

The Poisoning of an American High School

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by Joy Horowitz
     
 

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If it can happen in Beverly Hills, it can happen anywhere

The Poisoning of an American High School is a feat of investigative reportage and the product of four years of research by award-winning journalist Joy Horowitz. Making lucid the tangled issues of public health, regulation, and the political power of industry, it tells a riveting tale ripped

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If it can happen in Beverly Hills, it can happen anywhere

The Poisoning of an American High School is a feat of investigative reportage and the product of four years of research by award-winning journalist Joy Horowitz. Making lucid the tangled issues of public health, regulation, and the political power of industry, it tells a riveting tale ripped from newspaper headlines-a cancer cluster affecting graduates of one of America's most affluent schools, Beverly Hills High. The Poisoning of an American High School presents the behind-the-scenes saga of the 2003 landmark toxic tort suit, in which more than one thousand plaintiffs, with the sensational Erin Brockovich as their champion, claimed their illnesses could be traced to exposure to the oil derricks just yards from school grounds.

Editorial Reviews

Barry Siegel
Horowitz raises important alarms. . . . [A] fierce, penetrating, vibrant challenge, wisely telling all of us to be aware—and to care. (Barry Siegel, Pulitzer Prize–winning director of the Literary Journalism Program, UC Irvine, and author of Lines of Defense)
Tom Graff
A remarkable page-turner . . . No one escapes her scrutiny; all get to tell their stories. Yet behind the individual human sagas there's a bigger story about economic power and health risk that reaches far beyond the confines of one of America's iconic ‘small towns.' (Tom Graff, California director, Environmental Defense)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143113867
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/24/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,113,689
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joy Horowitz is a freelance journalist and former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Los Angeles magazine, and many other national publications. She has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, as well as a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her reporting on indoor air pollution for the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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