- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Johnson Books (June 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555663192
- ISBN-13: 978-1555663193
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Libby, Montana: Asbestos and the Deadly Silence of an American Corporation
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The book held my interest and the personal stories by the people who have and are experiencing the long term effects of asbestos were very
hard to read. It's also very hard to wrap your mind around the fact that the Victims in Libby are collateral damage in the war of greed waged by a company that knew full well what they were doing. Shame on the Government for not protecting the People of Libby.
They both lived into their 30's.
Instead, I found myself reading a series of disconnected thoughts and needless ramblings - sprinkled with a lot of overworked sentimentality. I personally know (or knew) many of the folks named in the book. Instead of writing from a true journalist's viewpoint, Andrea Peacock instead presents a verbal 'Oprah Winfrey' show. She wanders back and forth through history with no really coherent thought process and hopes that by throwing in an occassional tear-jerking story now and then she will keep the reader interested. She has managed to turn would could have been an excellent documentary into a soap opera and by doing so only belittles the overall magnitude of the Libby disaster.
I applied for a job at the mine when I went to college. That was thirty years ago. If I had gotten that job, chances are I would be dead, just like my father. Dad never worked at the mine, but he drove by it several times a week to maintain some radio equipment on top of the mountain. Several times a week for twenty-six years and he died of Mesothelioma.
Peacock is a very good writer with a keen and precise instinct for investigative reporting. Her ability to shine a light on one of America's most savage and tragic disasters makes the story not only interesting, but arresting as well. What happened in Libby, Montana, is a case study of corporate greed, government complacency, and the arrogance of power.
If you are interested in this subject (and you should be), Peacock's rendering of the tale will satisfy you on every level.
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