Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Childrenvolume 24


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University of California Press
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5.98 X 9.12 X 0.74 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Gerald Markowitz is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is, along with David Rosner, coauthor of Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution (UC Press), and eight other books.

David Rosner is Ronald Lauterstein Professor of Public Health and Professor of History at Columbia University and Co-director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. In 2010 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.


"A fascinating new book."--Howard Markel"PBS Newshour The Rundown Blog" (03/29/2013)
"Thoroughly researched and clearly written, this book does an excellent job of illustrating the problem society encounters when science and industry face off over likely harm versus economic benefit."--Richard Maxwell"Library Journal" (05/01/2013)
"Chronicles the monstrous irresponsibility of companies in the lead industry over the course of the 20th century."--Nicholas D. Kristof"New York Times" (10/16/2013)
"I want to thank David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz for what that they've done to bring the story of the lead paint wars to the public."--Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (10/17/2013)
"Lead Wars clearly shows that the scandalous and tragic history of lead is one that our society is doomed to repeat over and over again unless we develop and fight for better safeguards against chemicals and new technology."--Helen Jupiter"Mother Nature Network" (03/26/2013)
"In Lead Wars, CUNY's Gerald Markowitz and Columbia University's David Rosner convincingly show that the Baltimore toddler study emerged from a century of policymaking in which the US government, faced at times with a choice between protecting children from lead poisoning and protecting the businesses that produced and marketed lead paint, almost invariably chose the latter."--New York Review Of Books (03/21/2013)
"A deeply conceived and well-written book by two of America's best public health historians. It's also an important background briefing on the politics and ethics of scientific research for journalists who will be covering environmental health issues like these."-- (07/01/2013)
"The prolific team of Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner has done it again. Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children is a thoroughly researched, passionate, and gripping history of a major public health problem. . . . Lead Wars challenges us to take better care of our children by fighting those industries that appear to regard them--especially poor black and Latino children--as disposable."-- (10/01/2013)
"The definitive history of childhood lead poisoning in the United States."--Bulletin of the History of Medicine (11/01/2016)

"Lead Wars is full of ideas and interpretations that historians and other scholars will grapple with for some time... It is hard to recommend this well-researched, well-written, and well-conceptualized book enough."