Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos Is Killing America

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 2, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 352 pages
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Most Americans mistakenly believe asbestos was banned long ago. In fact, it is still legal and can still kill you. Its microscopic fibers cause painful and incurable diseases.
Despite being outlawed in nearly every other industrialized country, asbestos remains a legal component of more than three thousand common products in the United States. These include toasters, washers/dryers, ovens, building supplies, and automobile brakes. Our confusion about asbestos is no accident.
Fatal Deception is a chilling exposť of the asbestos industry's successful seventy-year campaign to hide the deadly effects of its products from the American people. The stakes are high -- tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. Michael Bowker rips the cover off the decades of deceit, including the treachery in Libby, Montana, site of the most deadly environmental disaster in U.S. history. He also unveils a startling and ongoing cover-up at Ground Zero -- where thousands of New Yorkers may still be suffering from exposure to dangerous levels of asbestos fibers.
Compelling, enraging, and very timely, Fatal Deception is not just a fascinating story, it is a plea to the government and to the American people to help sponsor research into asbestos-related diseases -- and a call to arms to ban asbestos now.

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I am now going to look for current information about the state of asbestos contamination investigation beyond what is brought forward in this book. Where is the United States now, in 2008, in its efforts to ban asbestos? We were being left far behind in 2003. Read full review


A Plague of Epic Proportions
The Disease of Slaves
Following the Toxic Trail
Death by Millions of Cuts
Justice Denied
A Legal Reckoning
The EPA Lands in Libby
Why Asbestos Remains Americas Most Lethal Secret
A Town Divided
Targeting Third World Markets
Bankruptcies and the Cowardly Lion
CoverUp at Ground Zero?
The 500 Million Silver Bullet
Toward Banning Asbestos
What to Do If You Suspect Asbestos Is in Your Home

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Michael Bowker is an investigative journalist specializing in telling the human stories behind today's health, science, and environmental issues. A former contributor to the Los Angeles Times, he has written four books and more than one thousand articles for a variety of publications. He lives in Placerville, California.

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