Toxic Nation by Fred Setterberg
The Fight to Save Our Communities from Chemical Contamination

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A riveting account of the devastating effects of chemical contamination on people in dozens of communities across America. Examines the political, economic, medical and environmental sides of the toxic contamination issue. Documents the growth of a grassroots movement to demonstrate how communities can take steps to effectively change their lives. Includes fifty photographs.


About Fred Setterberg

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Setterberg is the recipient of numerous journalism awards and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lonny Shavelson is an emergency room physician at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, a photojournalist, and coauthor with Fred Setterberg of "Toxic Nation: The Fight to Save our Communities from Chemical Contamination" (1993).
Published January 1, 1993 by Jossey-Bass. 301 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In surveying communities across the country that have served as toxic-waste dumping grounds, journalist Setterberg and photojournalist Shavelson tell an increasingly familiar story: Residents are plagued by mysterious health problems.

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Drawing on interviews in more than 24 states, freelance journalist Setterberg and physician/photojournalist Shavelson describe how people--mainly minority and working-class women enraged over threats to their children's health--are taking action to stop local toxic dumping.

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