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The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

The first full account of the Flint, Michigan, water scandal, an American tragedy, with new details, from Anna Clark, the award-winning Michigan journalist who has covered the story from its beginningsWhen the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched the citys water to a source that corroded Flints aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flinta largely poor African American city of about 100,000 peoplewere not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives.It took 18 months of activism and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. But this was only after 12 people died and Flint's children suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster have only just begun.In the ...

Title : The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy
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ISBN : 9781250125149
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages
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The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy Reviews

  • Jennifer

    An exceptional book that gives a detailed account of the Flint water crisis. A great deal of research and historical background information provide the backdrop for the tragedy that inflicted this city through the poisoning of their water. The resilience of the people of Flint always shines through.

    I borrowed a copy of this book from the library, but will be purchasing one for myself because it is that good, that powerful, and that important.

    I have made numerous trips to Flint in the midst of a

  • Nancy

    A woman who was a high school classmate posted on Facebook about her work distributing bottled water in Flint, Michigan through the American Red Cross. Day after day people came for a case of water. The had to make daily trips because they were only allowed one case a day. The people needed an I.D. to get the water. It was the middle of a brutal winter, and many of the people were elderly or disabled or had no cars. Church pastors came, hoping to get cases of water to deliver to their shut-ins w ...more

  • Leah Angstman

    My review of this book is coming to a major outlet. Will update at that time.

  • Laura

    At its heart this is a well researched and well written book on the Flint Water Crisis. It goes much deeper than the water crisis though, reaching back to explain the history and systemic racism that Flint has faced in the past decades. It was heartbreaking, illuminating, and hard to put down.

  • Paula Lyle

    This is an angry book and thank God for that. There are so many things that contributed to the problems in Flint, Michigan that it is almost beyond understanding. It seems especially noteworthy in the current climate where the EPA is protecting businesses and ignoring and under-reporting danger to the general public. Way too few people were actually held accountable for their actions, which should scare the rest of us. As the book makes very clear, there was a perfect storm of events in Flint, b ...more

  • Nicole Means

    Anna Clark touches on so many issues- urbanization, industrialization, segregation, and the geography of poverty to name a few.

    Water is a basic necessity and no one should be denied access. An interesting comment that was made was that the people of Flint and the rest of America could not get over this happening on American soil— unclean water only happens in Third World countries. The mentality pervades that it is ok if people in other parts of the world don’t have clean water— it’s almost expe

  • Grace Lerner

    "The lack of attention spoke to the level of importance we ascribed 'those' people in Flint at the time, not that they didn't exist." (The report from the Commission investigating the crisis.)

    Anna Clark's "A Poisoned City" is a damning, thoughtful, and thorough account of the Flint water crisis, what led to it, and the systems (and people) that failed along the way. At times I found myself shaking my head as I read, dumbfounded by the poor decisions, lack of attention paid to the crisis, and bia

  • Catie

    "By 2017, 52 percent of Michigan's black residents and 16 percent of Latinos had lived in cities governed by unelected authorities."

    "Hazardous waste facilities were consistently located in places where people of color tended to live. This fact is so persistent that race is the very best indicator of the presence of pollutants, even when controlled for other factors such as income and property values."

    "Infrastructure, the ties that literally bind us, one to another, requires our consistent care a