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The Poisoning Of An American High School

If it can happen in Beverly Hills, it can happen anywhereThe 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.

Paperback: 464 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 24, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0143113860

ISBN-13: 978-0143113867

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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This book was excellent, well written, hard to put down (dense but full of facts so worth the read). I rarely post reviews online but this one warranted it. It makes such a good case - it's a good legal procedural as well as a really good "whodunnit" - trying to get to the bottom of what happened, who the players are, etc. Highly recommended.

This book should be of interest to every parent with kids in school. It illustrates why there can be no safe level of exposure to toxic chemicals regardless of what industry or government says.

Well researched, authentic story of Beverly Hills High School and the capitulation to oil money.

A disappointment.

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