Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (April 4, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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"A grim specter has crept upon us almost unnoticed, and this imagined tragedy may easily become a stark reality we all shall know."Jessie MacLeod's story is a story I know all too well. While a different path took me to where she is, our lives were turned upside down and inside out. I had a difficult time putting down the book. I know what chemicals can do based on my own experience but learned even more because of Ms. MacLeod's research into her exposure. I hope this book will alert the public to what is being pushed on the unsuspecting individual and touted as "safe". I never questioned what I was putting in or on my body until it became impossible for me to function with so many products that were once used in my every day life.I thank Ms. MacLeod for telling this story and making us aware of what we are doing to ourselves. She fought a tough battle and refused to give up.
Canary in the Courtroom is a book that is hard to put down. Ms. MacLeod has separated fact from fiction and exposed holes in several programs designed to protect the public from harmful chemicals. The book is a treatise on how individuals are lead to believe in the safety of chemicals and how one person fought for the truth to be told. For the sake of future generations health, lets hope we can learn through Ms. MacLeods ordeal! Rachel Carson would be deeply distressed to think pesticide poisoning is continuing on the human level.
This book has a few problems with repetition in the beginning as the author justifies writing an autobiography in third person. Once you get into the courtroom scenes, though, you are hooked. This story is all the more riveting because it is true. This well-written book will make you cheer for "the little guy" (or gal in this case) and then make you run to your cupboards to start reading labels.Buy it. Read it. You won't regret it.
This book is one that you know you should read, but are a little afraid of the awareness you might gain from it. After all, life can be little more complicated when we actually have knowledge about the unseen dangers in our every day life. Jessie McLeod makes it easy, she did the research and then presents her well written experiences in a way that keeps you reading to the end. What you get is not only new knowledge, but hope. This is one of those books that gives you courage to live up to your values. This author sure has!
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