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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (TRD); 1 edition (Jan. 4 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425200094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425200094
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,348,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
AN informative book on a timely issue, in a very readable presentation. I'm a Realtor and had a need to understand more about the potential for problems with Vermiculite in a home with it installed.
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I want you to read this book. It is important to you and your family. I consider myself a knowledgeable person and I don't remember this scandal when it came out in 2000-2001. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I live in southern CA, but the problems with asbestos effects all of us in the US. Attic insulation, talc products and even gardening/soil products have asbestos risks that have been used and available for sale up into the 1990's and beyond.
I must have read a review or heard one of the authors in an interview...but somehow this book made it onto my "Must Read" list. When I received the book, I questioned why I had gotten it, having forgotten what motivated my interest in the first place. But I started reading and have found this book to be a treasure.
The story is one of deception, corruption and greed on the part of Big Business, in this case the mining business. The owners and executives misled their workers, investors and the government agencies that regulated them into turning a blind eye to the dangers of asbestos in their products.
While the deception of the miners in Libby was unconscionable, the book goes on to document the Bush White House withholding information that the air in and around the World Trade Center was not healthy! Can you imagine, after a tragedy like the WTC disaster, that your own government, that you rallied round to give support, would turn on you and withhold information that the air that you breathe is full of cancer causing dust? Which tragedy is worse?
The book is truly a must-read.
Lastly, I want to point out the courage of the reporters, editors, doctors and the outstanding EPA field workers that fought to get this story out.
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Format: Hardcover
You would think a little town in Montana, named Libby could not possibly be interesting or draw the attention of the nation (and the world). Yet it does, and will continue to do so. These two newspaper journalists do an excellent job of pulling together all the various threads of the story of Libby. The corporations involved, the miners and their families, the government agencies that did nothing, and the ones that finally got around to it (only to be told to back off by the Bush administration). It's one thing when men were mining way back in the forties and fifties, and even if it was thought or known that the variety of abestos were dangerous if breathed in, not enough was known to control or stop it, and the miners back then may not have taken the information seriously as they needed the jobs for the care of their families.
But it's a whole different ballpark, when it's their kids who are being impacted by lung disease...because they played in a ballpark, where Grace & Company dumped their waste/tailings. Or when the men know their wives will die of the same thing through bringing their clothes home to be washed.
How very presient of Grace to put itself into bankruptcy, just before this information became widely known, through Libby's activist, Gayla and Les. But wait a minute, wasn't Grace one of the companies written about in A Civil Action? They did not care much about killing a bunch of little children with leukemia in their drinking water, so why would anything in LIbby conern them.
It would really help if someone put on the Internet, known companies that are placing their workers at risk, so that we can all look at them from time to time and decide whether we want to do business with them or whether we want to buy their products.
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By A Customer on March 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was truly stunning. I felt terrible for the residents of Libby, and just can not believe that this could have gone unanswered for so long. Even for a non-environmentalist, this is a superb book!
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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
Review: 'Air That Kills' exposes fibers of mass destruction
Reviewed by Neal Karlen
Special to the Star Tribune
Just because you're paranoid about the environment doesn't mean they're not out to poison you. So we learn in spellbinding, horrific detail in Andrew Schneider and David McCumber's "An Air That Kills," a jeremiad that does for the still-immediate peril of asbestos what Ralph Nader's "Unsafe at Any Speed" did for the Corvair.
Of course, that sports car could simply be pulled out of production. Yet where does one even begin to deal with the ongoing fallout of generations worth of systemic, unregulated poisoning of our country by an industry that churned out uncountable tons of fibers of mass destruction, in a business most people wrongly think was brought to its knees around the time young Dubya was pledging Skull and Bones at Yale?
Schneider (winner of two Pulitzer Prizes) and McCumber center their exposé on Libby, a small town in the northwest corner of Montana that was mined from the 1920s to 1990 for asbestos-laden vermiculite ore, known commercially as Zonolite. W.R. Grace & Co., which bought the mine in 1963 and ramped up production, hid the risks of the toxic dust that by 1969 was being released into Libby's air at the rate of 2 1/2 tons a day.
It would be bad enough if the astronomical fatality rates of asbestos-related cancers had been localized in Libby. Unfortunately, Grace had sent billions of pounds of its tainted ore to more than 750 processing plants throughout North America, including two in Minneapolis; it's estimated that between 15 million and 35 million homes remain insulated with the product that the company always contended wasn't hazardous.
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