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Trespass Against Us: Dow Chemical's Legacy of Profit and Pollution [Paperback]

Jack Doyle

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Book Description

April 1 2004 Environmental Health Series

From its “accident” at Bhopal by its Union Carbide company to Agent Orange, from Napalm to Plutonium, Dow Chemical has been at the center of many of the worst chemical disasters in history. In this explosive exposé of the chemical giant, Jack Doyle reviews the legacy and the future of this gigantic chemical octopus.

A comprehensive overview of the company’s dirty deeds from dioxin to Greenwashing, Doyle provides an indispensable history with a grave warning for what’s up next.

The second book in the Environ-mental Health Fund Series.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press; 1 edition (April 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567512682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567512687
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.1 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,545,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Doyle is the author of several books including most recently Taken for a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the Politics of Pollution, which Publishers Weekly called "a valuable source for partisans on all sides of the debate." He has been writing on technology, business and the environment for more than 20 years, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Atlanta Journal Constitution, San Francisco Chronicle and many other outlets.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information that could use better editing. Nov. 28 2004
By yarily_holp - Published on Amazon.com
This book reports on the history of those who have been adversely affected by Dow's products, byproducts, and practices, especially from the forties onward. The three main topics are workplace (un)safety, hazardous products, and toxic waste. It's a bit disjointed, though. Most chapters focus on a single product or manufacturing site, and there isn't much of an overarching chronology or a neat conclusion on, say, Dow's culture, or much discussion on how it compares to large corporate culture in general. The author might also have made it clearer that establishing allowable levels for chemical releases doesn't help when bioaccumulation causes the presumed-safe thresholds to be exceeded in people.

Technical editing would have helped as well. There are several typos or misspellings of chemical names, and other errors that would be caught by an editor with some knowledge of chemistry -- for example, the author at one point states, incorrectly, that acetone and benzene are chlorinated compounds. This is not good for the book's credibility. Fortunately, many of the people the author quotes are chemical or medical experts, and the quotes at least seem to be (plausibly) correct. The best parts of the book are the stories of workers or nearby residents that have been affected by Dow, and the people who have tried to solve the problems. Unfortunately, so far it seems that only threats of regulation or litigation have had much effect.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveted Jan. 3 2005
By Freechild - Published on Amazon.com
Exposing chemical industry crime and the personal stories that make their poisoning of the world real to us, Trespass Against Us takes on Dow Chemical. The book was launched on the 20th Anniversary of the Bhopal Chemical Disaster that stole the lives of 22,000 people and counting. Social justice organizers hope the book will help spur Dow to present its subsidiary Union Carbide to the Indian Courts to face the criminal charges against them.

Asserting that it is a human right to be born and live free of manmade chemicals which enter our bodies without our permission; Doyle makes the case that Dow is guilty of legal and ethical trespass. The book chronicles the poisoning Dow has been responsible for through quality investigative journalism, while telling the story of dioxin, Agent Orange, and silicone breast implants. The lesser known stories of plastic wrap, pesticides, dry cleaning chemicals and myriad of other products that we use every day and inhabit our bodies are also told.

The book is both a human story and a thorough resource for anyone who wants to understand Dow's seemingly endless quest for power and the toxics that have made it the largest chemical company in the world. On a more human scale, the book helps one understand the connection between the subtle impacts of chemicals in the world on our health from asthma and endometriosis to cancer. I think this connection is the most important one in made in the book, the personal stories of suffering that are caused by Dow are not associated with everyday pollution and they should be. It is impossible to live in this modern world today and be totally untouched by Dow. The current administration would have us believe that Dow has more of a right to pollute than a child with Dow- triggered cancer has to live. The story of how this could happen in just 100 years is worth reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did we drop more dioxin on the USA than on Viet Nam? Nov. 15 2013
By Mark E. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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If you haven't read this book, you don't know the most vital facts about modern day technology and how it is destroying us and our planet. This is one of the basic reference books that no personal, public, or academic library should be without.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Doyle Is a Great Patriot Nov. 23 2004
By Russell Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Jack once again show us he is an american hero Thanks Jack for your work on this ugly corporation!!!!!!!

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