Fatal Deception: The Terrible Story of How Asbestos is Killing America  -     By: Michael Bowker
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Fatal Deception: The Terrible Story of How Asbestos is Killing America

Simon & Schuster / 2003 / Paperback

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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 that three thousand common products in the United States. These include toasters, washers/dryers, ovens, building supplies, and automobile brakes. Our conclusion about asbestos is no accident. This book is a chilling expose 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, this book 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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0743251431
ISBN-13: 9780743251433

Publisher's Description

STILL LEGAL, STILL LETHAL

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 exposé 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.

Author Bio

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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