McLibel: Burger Culture on Trial

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6.45 X 1.27 X 9.56 inches | 1.67 pounds

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About the Author
John Vidal has been a journalist at the London Guardian for twelve years, as environmental editor for the past six years. He has twice won national Environment Journalist of the Year awards.
"A fascinating case study for why Americans hold the Bill of Rights so dear, and a rollicking good read. Vidal brings this tale of free speech, corporate responsibly, and how they collide to life." —Nadine Strossen, national president of the American Civil Liberties Union and professor of law at New York Law School

"McCensorship is hitting America. 'Shut up and eat.' Or read this brave book and fight for free speech and safe food." —John Stauber, editor of PR Watch and co-author of Mad Cow U.S.A. and Toxic Sludge Is Good for You

"In America, public criticism of a public institution is part of the right of free speech. . . . The McLibel case shows [British] civil law working at its expensive worst--a ponderous and leisurely sledgehammer that has been trundled out to crack a nut." —John Mortimer, Sunday Times(UK)

"Entertaining and informative." —The Guardian

"An excellent history of McDonalds [that] . . . more than showing the archaic and baffling nature of British libel laws, ties in the global corporate culture in which McDonalds is a major player." —Tribune (UK)

"In my dreams, McLibel will be a comic musical, with ba-boom! noises when the McLibel Two trick an opposition expert medical witness into agreeing with a passage of the alleged libel, a lawyers' can-can led by Ronald McDonald, a soprano vegetarian emoting about the evils of indoctrinating the young while letting slip that she has personally lectured 30,000 schoolchildren on vegetarianism. . . . [But] even told seriously, the story compels." —Libby Purves, The Times (UK)