Erin Brockovich and the Beverly Hills: Greenscam

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ISBN-13: 978-1589808102
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"An engaging wonderful story about how the powerful, rich, and famous can be brought down by an honest journalist determined to report the truth." -- --Hon. Mark Egerman, former mayor, Beverly Hills

"Gutsy, inspiring reporting. Journalism schools everywhere should make Erin Brockovich and the Beverly Hills Greenscam required reading." -- --John H. Sullivan, president, Civil Justice Association of California

"Zager may have been the most important element in the entire investigation . . . and that was establishing the confidence from the community that she would find the truth and report it." -- --Barry Brucker, former school board president and mayor, Beverly Hills

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Not far from the glamour of Rodeo Drive, and the playing field of Beverly Hills High, rests the oil well that started a storm of controversy when legal assistant and environmental crusader Erin Brockovich incited public fear by claiming it was the source of cancer-causing chemicals. Beverly Hills Courier journalist Norma Zager investigated the subsequent allegations launched against several oil companies, the city of Beverly Hills, and its school district. Recalling her experience, Zager reveals how Brockovich misdirected worried families and the media with her unfounded allegations then presents the facts of the saga with accuracy, objectivity, and honesty.

Zager's expos� is a candid account of the case that created a media frenzy and played on the fear of anxious residents and students. Courtroom testimonies, excerpts from media personalities, and statements from the "greenscam" queen herself, Erin Brockovich, provide a thorough and engaging account of the lawsuit.

In addition to detailing the legal and personal saga, the book offers guidelines for communities to follow to ensure environmental and public safety and teaches residents how to discern the truth from hype-despite scare tactics.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (October 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158980810X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589808102
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry Bengrove on November 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a quick read. Zager takes you through each step in this high stakes game of chess between two formidable opponents like Erin Brockovich vs. the City of Beverly Hills. With children's lives and family fears as the pawn. Brockovich cleverly uses the media and unsubstantiated science to exploit fear and panic into a community for what seemed to be a sure fire sequel to her namesake movie starring Julia Roberts. In stark contrast, you have a City Government and a tenacious citizenry hell bent on finding the truth. Norma Zager flushes out the fiction from the fact and exposes the movie deals, tabloid newscasters creating sweeps week sensationalism and the dollar signs being flirted to solicit plaintiffs. She is equally hard on a City Government who decades earlier signed a long term contract allowing for an oil well to be built on school property. Zager pulls no punches until she exposes the truth.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah on December 6, 2010
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I had no idea what to expect when a friend recommended this book. It was not only a fun story about Beverly Hills with a surprise ending, but full of information about how to protect my children and our community from pollution and dangers I wasn't even aware existed. Kudos to Norma Zager for turning this story and unfortunate lawsuit into a great book for parents. I am buying a copy for our PTA chapter to use in our school system.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria on July 23, 2012
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The book exposed the abuse of the California Courts by attorneys who file lawsuits which have no basis of fact in order to "blackmail" people. Many defendants will pay off to get rid of these bogus lawsuits because it's cheaper to fight it in Court.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Kaye on November 17, 2010
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Fun read about how the legal system (business) can be used to rally and scare well-meaning people and split a small town. Zager is a breath of fresh air who reports with honesty, humor, and insight.
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