The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

The first full account of the Flint, Michigan, water scandal, an American tragedy, with new details, from Anna Clark, the award-winning Michigan journalist who has covered the story from its beginnings When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. Through a series of disastrous decis The first full account of the Flint, Michigan, water scandal, an American tragedy, with new details, from Anna Clark,...

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Title:The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy
Author:Anna Clark
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1250125146
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy Reviews

  • Anna
    Aug 24, 2018
    In disclosure: I wrote it. ...
  • Linda
    Aug 29, 2018
    Another anger inducing book of what ills one human can induce on another. If I was a violent person, I'd wish even worse on the perpetrators. This book is about the Flint, Michigan water with the lead that the city and state officials ignored. It's poor and black people - people who d...
  • Keith Taylor
    Feb 03, 2019
    Anna Clark deserves all kudos for her work here, in this meticulously written (and footnoted!) book. This is what you need to know about governmental negligence, deceit, institutionalized racism, and the corruption that allowed the Flint water crisis to happen. But she's also great at ...
  • Matt
    Aug 15, 2018
    ?This is the story of how the City of Flint was poisoned by its own water. It was not because of a natural disaster, or simple negligence, or even because some corner-cutting company was blinded by profit. Instead, a disastrous choice to break a crucial environmental law, followed by...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 11, 2019
    This was a heartbreaking, infuriating read, and yet I'm glad I did. An in-depth, long-term account of Flint's water crisis, it's also a meditation on the ways that city infrastructures everywhere are suffering from neglect and endangering the most vulnerable. When pundits talk of insti...
  • Victoria
    May 07, 2018
    Thanks to Netgalley and Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books for the advanced reader copy of this book. I recommend this well-researched and thoughtful investigation into the recent Flint, MI water crisis. Before reading this, I would have ascribed the Flint water fiasco mainly to government ...
  • Hadrian
    Aug 16, 2018
    This is a close and personal subject for me. I live south of Flint, and I heard the news about Flint on Michigan Radio in 2014. Clark takes a broad, systemic approach to the history of the Flint water crisis. She starts in the 1800s and focuses on the city's development throughout ...
  • Xe Sands
    Jun 03, 2018
    Everyone - EVERYONE - should read this. ...
  • Meagan
    Dec 12, 2018
    This is essential reading for all people who drink municipal water...not just for people in Flint. Lead pipes and service lines are everywhere and are aging quickly, many are over 80 years old. They're not visible, and thus easily forgotten, and it is time for our local and federal gov...
  • Amy
    Aug 29, 2018
    This is a very important book. There really is no arguing this. It has a lot of great information? Maybe too information? I know what you're thinking -- "Amy, how can a nonfiction book about a city essentially poisoning its citizens have too much information?" It's just th...
  • Dan
    Feb 01, 2019
    An important and informative work about the Flint water crisis of 2016. Well written with a story-telling style that is not usually seen in micro-history books. The writing is so solid that the meandering arc of the book and the tangential stories and histories about Flint were truly w...
  • Kelly
    Jul 09, 2018
    A well written, organized, and researched account of the water crisis in Flint. Clark does an excellent job providing the reader with an understanding of the situation that is all-encompassing of the contemporary and historically rooted issues that culminated into the many problems of ...
  • Nicole Means
    Aug 14, 2018
    Anna Clark touches on so many issues- urbanization, industrialization, segregation, and the geography of poverty to name a few. Water is a basic necessity and no one should be denied access. An interesting comment that was made was that the people of Flint and the rest of America coul...
  • Martin Ott
    Aug 06, 2018
    This is a must read. Shocking - you will think differently about topics such as city infrastructure and the trustworthiness of our supposed EPA protectors and city governments. ...
  • Giulia
    May 22, 2018
    Chock full of information and details on what actually happened in Flint, Michigan when the city decided to stop using Detroit water to avoid the high cost. It is very disheartening to read that fellow human beings really did not care that other humans were basically being poisoned fro...
  • Lauren
    May 06, 2018
    Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review. This book is phenomenal, and I believe anyone who wants to get a good understanding of the water crisis in Flint should read this book. It's incredibly well-researched ...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 31, 2018
    An exceptional book that gives a detailed account of the Flint water crisis. A great deal of research and historical background information provide the backdrop for the tragedy that inflicted this city through the poisoning of their water. The resilience of the people of Flint always s...
  • Musiclib
    Jul 19, 2018
    Clark's journalistic telling of the circumstances surrounding the poisoning of the citizens of the city of Flint shines a needed light on the historical trends that, combined with more concern for money saved than people, put Flint in the path of this tragedy long before the water swit...
  • Carol
    Jul 08, 2018
    ?Thousands have lived without love; not one without water.? ?W.H. Auden" The short review: Everyone should read this book. All readers interested in learning why the disaster in Flint happened. Plus, all other US readers who couldn?t care less about Flint or its problems. A...
  • Karen Nelson
    May 21, 2018
    Anna Clark's "A Poisoned City" is such a well researched and damning account of the Flint, Michigan water crisis, reveals who is responsible, and what led to it. It truly is a sickening account of how poor decisions by ?leadership? and greed can come together and affect children an...
  • Nancy
    May 19, 2018
    A woman who was a high school classmate posted on Facebook about her work distributing bottled water in Flint, Michigan through the American Red Cross. Day after day people came for a case of water. The had to make daily trips because they were only allowed one case a day. The people n...
  • Carly Friedman
    Mar 26, 2019
    4.5 stars. This was a fascinating, thoroughly-researches, and well-written account of the Flint water crisis. I appreciated the information on the history of the area and how she linked this specific problem to racial and economic inequality as a whole. Highly recommended! ...
  • Hannah H.
    Jan 24, 2019
    Having heard about the Flint water crisis in the news many years back, I thought I understood the crux of the issue. However, this book was an incredible window into the breakdown in trust and systemic racism that ultimately poisoned thousands of Flint residents. Was it dry at poin...
  • Robin Bonne
    Apr 21, 2018
    What happened to Flint, Michigan? This book answers the big questions surrounding the Flint Water Crisis. The author sorted out all the details and explains clearly what happened. I appreciate all the research that went into this book to provide a clear explanation of what is going on...
  • Never Without a Book™
    Jan 09, 2019
    So, a quick recap of what I got from this book. A city manager decided to cut cost on water by changing the water sources. As a result of this douchbag?s decision, Flint residents were exposed to lead in their water system for months. Lead poisoning does permanent damage!!!(like?.w...
  • Kathleen
    Jul 14, 2018
    This is a huge ?wake-up? call for all of us who take for granted that the water that comes out of our taps is safe. We trust that our Public Works departments are doing their jobs to ensure that the water is treated correctly?and that the County, the State, and Federal Government...
  • Claire Lovell
    Jan 17, 2019
    Mercifully short, given the completely depressing subject matter. It was written well, so that I never felt slogged down, even when reading page after page of "citizens did everything they could and yet..." Flint sounds a lot like Syracuse. There were a lot of passages that I felt co...
  • Amy
    Sep 20, 2018
    Just as it was once difficult to prove the symptoms of lead poisoning were the direct result of lead exposure, so it is hard to prove environmental justice. In law, so much depends on showing intention, or motive, to cause harm. But in environmental crimes - a school built on top of ha...
  • Latisha Joujoute
    Jul 19, 2018
    " There seemed to be enemies everywhere. People in power were working harder to protect themselves and their instituations than do what was right, he felt which seemed to him to be an utter betrayal of public trust." I am shocked by the government of Flint and the ways they tried...
  • Ciro
    Jan 19, 2019
    Decent read. I think the author focused a little bit too much on racism as an explanation of why a poor community is poorly managed. From her evidence, it seems like the better explanation would be that government would rather kick the can down the road and ignore problems rather than ...