- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Inspire Books; 49016th edition (May 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983347808
- ISBN-13: 978-0983347804
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat 49016th Edition
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About the Author
Jeff Benedict is an award-winning writer and is considered one of America s top investigative journalists. He has published nine critically acclaimed books, including Little Pink House, Without Reservation, Pros and Cons, Out of Bounds, and The Mormon Way of Doing Business. He is a columnist and feature writer for SI.com and a contributor to Sports Illustrated. His essays and articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and the Hartford Courant. His stories have been the basis of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, as well as segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline, and HBO s Real Sports. He is a frequent guest on network news programs and cable television talk shows, as well as a popular public speaker. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Southern Virginia University, where he teaches Writing and Mass Media, a course he designed.
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My real problem with the book is that the premise is a bit misleading. The book bills itself as "The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak that Changed the Way Americans Eat," but the real story, per the author's own words, is about the lawyer. Actually, all of Jeff Benedict's books are like that — they're about individual people more than the event. You're led to believe that the book is about the victims, but its really the story of two people we don't meet until a third of the way through the book — Bill Marler, an unheard-of lawyer with an unorthodox approach to litigation (buzzword!), who used the deadly e. coli outbreak to force fast food companies to think long and hard about food safety, and a consultant working for Jack-in-the-Box who rewrote the health and inspection standards that govern the national beef supply industry.
We spent our time at Children's Hospital in the room across the hall from Brianne Kiner (whose story is told in the book). It was a difficult time for all of us.
While Jeff's book brought back a flood of memories from that time it also brought about a healing that I hadn't realized I needed. I was fascinated as I read his book and learned about the "other side" of the story. His book was very personal to me. I recognized the names and people in the book as we had also connected with so many of them.
I'm grateful to Jeff for taking the time to research this event and tell the story. For those of us who lived through the event and were personally affected by it, this book provides a new level of healing for us.
My daughter did survive. The doctors could not explain her recovery. By all medical standards she should have died. Her healing was truly a miracle.
My thanks go out to Jeff for helping to heal my heart in new ways.
If you work at all in anything food/feed related this is an important book to read.