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

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Putnam, 2004 - Social Science - 440 pages
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The horrifying true story of the decades-long poisoning of a small town and the definitive exposť of asbestos in America-told by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who broke it.

In a valley in Montana, the U.S. has spent millions of dollars removing toxic residue from a town that had lain pristine for ages. Until the last century, when the dust came down like a snowstorm. That dust turned a paradise into the worst of America's killing fields, a name at the top of the list that includes Love Canal and Woburn. A place now known to be deadlier than all the rest: Libby.

An Air That Killsis told through the eyes of the men and women who fought back-among them, a woman who watched more than forty members of her family succumb to asbestos; a miner who worked there and carried the poison home; and an EPA investigator who battled not only one of the world's most powerful corporations but also his superiors in Washington. It is the first book to reveal how deeply asbestos has embedded itself into the texture of America: how many people have died or are dying; how the industry and government repeatedly ignored the danger; and how, for many Americans, the dying is not over. It is a suspense story with real American heroes at its heart and one of the most importants works of environmental journalism in years.

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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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Andrew Schneider is the deputy assistant managing editor for investigation for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Among his numerous prizes are two Pulitzers.

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