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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Abr edition (March 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423353714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423353713
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,066,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write because I believe that through my work I can help people become aware of injustice and demand that institutions be accountable for their actions, whether these are the Red Cross or Ivy League medical colleges. This is reflected in my books Stolen for Profit which prompted public awareness of the theft of pets for medical research, and in Bad Blood:Crisis at the American Red Cross which is used as a text at many journalism schools and is a resource for lawyers suing Red Cross on behalf of bad blood victims.
One of the most significant experiences I've had that relates to writing was founding The North Carolina Women's Prison Writing and Performance Project, working creatively with inmates at the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women whose voices reminded me of the power of authenticity.

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The blood crisis information is informative and useful, yet no President of the American Red Cross is evaluated extensively with exception of Elizabeth Dole, whose tenure began after the major problems were full-blown. About 75% of the impact is against Mrs. Dole, her motivations, style and political aims, thereby raising questions about the true objective of the book. Also, one would expect that the name of the founder of the International Red Cross, Henri Dunant, would not be given incorrectly as "Henry Dumond." This is comparable to calling George Washington "George Wallington," and makes one wonder about other possible , and more serious, inaccuracies not so easily detected by the reader.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At this point when we are looking to a new century, isn't it time to dispense with illusions? This book asks us to set aside our need to glorify an institution, to really evaluate it in terms of its actions, and to make our own judgement call.Based on the facts not on the myths. It is a courageous thing to ask us to do.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "bajgd" on December 19, 2000
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Ms. Reitman should be commended for her courage in bringing to light an unforgiveable human tragedy. In other countries those in charge of the Red Cross blood program would have been jailed for their callous disregard of human life. With warnings and red flags galore, instead of admitting there was a terrible problem with the blood supply, the Red Cross blood program officials calculatedly chose to proceed with the status quo. Their actions cost the lives of the very people whom the Red Cross was established to help.
The results of their actions are ongoing and still affect the lives of people who trusted them. The FDA has been attempting for years to force the Red Cross blood program into compliance with safe blood practices and yet, with coffers overflowing, the Red Cross is claiming any penalties will jeopardize their very existence. How can they, in good conscience and with mounting evidence against them, still refuse to accept responsibility for the tragedy they knowingly caused.
This book is a good lesson for us all. Trusting an organization based solely on reputation and its self promotion opens the door to abuse.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to all the victims of the Red Cross blood program's deceit....the victims....those who received the tainted blood products as well as to those in the medical field who were unknowingly made accomplices as they transfused and administered those blood products in an attempt to save lives. How awful they must now feel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on January 12, 2005
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I am the grandson of Robert Duane Jones. My grandfather received blood tainted with HIV and Hepatitis in the winter of 1989 from the bloodbank in Portland Oregon. He struggled on for more than a decade with this terrible disease, finally to succomb to it in January of 2002.

Grandpa made national headlines when he and my grandmother sued the Portland Division of the Red Cross in the nineties, which helped to bring about many of the changes that we see today. It was not that the Red Cross is a bad organization, it is that the Red Cross was never before held responsible or accountable for any of it's actions. This book helps to show, like any other book of its nature, the truth about an organization. I still continue to donate blood, and I donate to the Red Cross. The organization does great things around the world, but this book helps us to realize that all things may not be what they appear. Anyone interested in the history of HIV and transfusions should definately read this book, but like anything, you have too look at the whole picture and realize that no organization is without faults.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By achamblee on July 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The author concludes that because Red Cross makes a LOT of money on blood and because a terrible thing - AIDS- happened to patients, then the Red Cross must have profited from these terrible things. Well, that may be true (and there are Red Cross employees who did jail time in Canada, France, Japan, etc. to suggest there is something to that) but there are no facts here to support the connection. There has been no investigative journalism done here. This approach will appeal to conspiracy theorists, but for a well-researched history that comes alive, and for supported facts, you'd be much better off with BLOOD: an epic history by Douglas Starr, ISBN 0688176496
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is an example of poor jounalism that creates a satire of life. This book only critises the American Red Cross, with poor reinforcement with data. It almost seems that the author just critises this organization for the heck of it. It conveys a terrible message to the public, scaring them no to "Give blood". To my knowledge, other blood banks too, have the same problem with testing, etc. at the time, but the American Red Cross, in this case, is targeted because it is the largest blood bank in the US. Is it right to direct all this attention when the author should have done a "big picture" approach rather than using the American Red Cross as a focal point?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Vismara on October 12, 2012
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This book was an eye opener... as a foreigner arriving to this country looking for a magic America, one of the magical institutions was the Red Cross...
I agree with most of the reviews here and wanted to add my experience, instead of repeating what already has been said.
I give the author, Judith Reitman, five stars for the courage to write about how many non profits are run as for profit instead.
I had donated blood for years at the Red Cross (have many golden drops) and I was always surprised by the low quality of the services and locations. Once I donate to a Children's Hospital and saw the difference, never went back to the Red Cross.
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