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Civil Warriors: The Legal Siege on the Tobacco Industry Paperback – December 4, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Philip Morris to plan their strategy to maintain unmatched profit margins while beating back any inquiries into health issues,
tobacco, and nicotine.
The author focuses on litigators who tried to hold tobacco companies responsible for some of the harms from which the companies [and governments] have profited. Many of those litigators were flush with money derived from suits over asbestos or other faulty products, so this book features the swashbuckling lawyering familiar from the plaintiffs' attorney in A CIVIL ACTION. If the reader stereotypes lawyers as greedy parasites, that reader will find ample examples in this book. On the other hand, readers open to the idea that little folks sometimes get something resembling justice through lawsuits or not at all may regard the trial lawyers as the last hope for many underdogs -- not perfect by any means, but better than no champions at all.
Some litigators were motivated by other values than money or in addition to money, so the reader whose mind has not been poisoned against all lawyers will find attorneys acting on principles or ideals.
Readers unaware of the secrets and misbehavior of the tobacco companies should probably read about those companies in greater detail elsewhere, but this book provides a deft summary of intimidation, perjury, junk science, public relations, and other corporate viciousness.
Readers who emphasize that Big Tobacco deals a legal drug that users are free to reject will find little sympathy for that view in this book, but they will find ample evidence of the misbehavior of critics of Big Tobacco.Read more ›
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I have a new respect for the difficulty people have trying to quit smoking. The cigarette companies are in for a terrible karma.Published 14 months ago by Barbara J. Correro
This book was OK, but not great. I think a better book on the topic is "Up In Smoke: From Legislation To Litigation In Tobacco Politics" by Martha A. Derthick. Read morePublished on March 15, 2007 by mjh
I once had the opportunity to meet Dan Zegart. Ironically enough, he chain-smoked and let ashes fall over my carpet, my floor, my desk, and made little effort to use an ashtray. Read morePublished on August 13, 2002
I found this book nearly as engaging as A Civil Action. Smart, inspiring, very readable, and unabashedly sympathetic to the anti-tobacco crusaders, this book was a real pleasant... Read morePublished on December 22, 2001
... seem to run the world these days.
I wish I had paid more careful attention to the reviews here before wasting any time on this book. Read more