A Civil Action

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Thorndike Press, Jun 1, 1998 - Fiction - 864 pages
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This authoritative, in-depth, revealing, and wonderfully-written book tells the true story of an obsessed young lawyer who gave up everything to fight two prestigious law firms and the corporations they represented, on behalf of the families of Woburn, Massachusetts, whose loved ones had died because they drank the town's water.

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Insight into an important environmental justice case. - Goodreads
The ending was unfortunate. - Goodreads
Well written, documented, researched. - Goodreads
VERY compelling story; slightly overwrought prose. - Goodreads
Eh. Somewhat compelling story, mediocre writing. - Goodreads
A riveting page turner. - Goodreads

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An incredible work of literary journalism and a feat of reportage. I never thought a book about a legal case could be so interesting, but Harr's characters and beautiful, meticulous writing made it enthralling. Read full review

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User Review  - Victoria Nguyen - Goodreads

I read this book back when I was taking criminology classes and the story of the Woburn families and the lawsuit they filed is as interesting as ever. Some of the more technical aspects of groundwater ... Read full review


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Jonathan Harr is the author of the national bestseller "A Civil Action," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. He is a former staff writer at the New England Monthly and has written for "The New Yorker" and "The New York Times Magazine," He lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he has taught nonfiction writing at Smith College.

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