An Air That Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana, Uncovered a National Scandal

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BERKLEY PUB, 2005 - History - 448 pages
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An Air That Killsis the horrifying true story of the decades-long poisoning of a small town and the definitive exposť of asbestos in America-all told by the prize-winning journalists who broke it.

This is the story of miners who were unaware of the toxins they took into their lungs, then brought home in their clothes-infecting their families. It is the story of the ongoing use of asbestos in products ranging from insulation to cat litter. It is the story behind the George W. Bush administration's successful campaign to cover up the full extent of the post-9/11 asbestos problem in Lower Manhattan. But it is also the story of the townspeople and government workers who took on the government in Washington to demand justice for those who died-and those who are still dying-of preventable exposure to asbestos.

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Towards the end of An Air That Kills, there is a passage in which a stranger visits the Libby cemetery, stopping to read the large wooden sign, “In memory of the miners, their families and community ... Read full review

An air that kills: how the asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana uncovered a national scandal

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This story of a small town's asbestos poisoning, which the authors got Pulitzer recognition for breaking, just goes to show us that, unfortunately, asbestos is still a part of our lives. Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Andrew Schneider is deputy managing editor for investigation for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes, a National Headliner Award, the Society of Professional Journalists' public service award, the George Polk Award, and others.

David McCumber is managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He won the Don Bolles Award for investigative journalism. His previous books include The Cowboy Way, Playing Off the Rail, and X-Rated: The Mitchell Brothers.

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