The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times -bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change By the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous. Lethal, even. "Milk" might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm co From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times -bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true stor...

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Title:The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Author:Deborah Blum
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1594205140
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Reviews

  • Johanna
    Oct 30, 2018
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  • Annie
    Oct 22, 2018
    The Poison Squad: One Chemist?s Single-Minded Crusade For Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, by Deborah Blum, is as close to a perfect work of nonfiction as I can imagine. If I didn?t know better, I would have said that it was custom written for me. This book follows...
  • Allison
    Oct 27, 2018
    Fascinating, but don?t read it anywhere close to mealtime. ...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Mar 09, 2018
    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...
  • David
    Nov 17, 2018
    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...
  • Jill Heather
    Oct 08, 2018
    I do not think I love the balance in this -- I would have preferred more on the political or more on the science, but this felt unsatisfyingly short on both, somehow. Still a very fascinating book. ...
  • Lisa
    Nov 14, 2018
    This book describes the work of Department of Agriculture chemist Harvey Wiley in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Wiley worked tirelessly to get the U.S. government to regulate food producers and marketers, who were producing foods in highly unsanitary conditions and...
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    Nov 14, 2018
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    Nov 05, 2018
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  • Margaret Myers
    Jun 23, 2018
    You know how some things seem like such an entrenched part of our society that we?ve forgotten how they got there? Deborah Blum reveals the story of one those facets of America: food and drug law (did you ever stop to think what ?unbleached? flour means, or why labels are so prou...
  • Judy
    Nov 06, 2018
    Great! Well-written and packed with interesting stuff about food safety and regulation. Amazingly disgusting info on dairy and meat contamination in early 1900. Dr. Harvey Wiley is my new hero. Lots of great political insight here too, for those who like this kind of stuff. ...
  • Beth P
    Nov 03, 2018
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    Oct 26, 2018
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    Nov 03, 2018
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  • Erin
    Oct 05, 2018
    Absolutely fascinating. I guess I should feel glad that the American political system has always been full of craven, venal blowhards. Frankly we?re all lucky to be alive, given this history of the pure food and drug act. ...
  • Jeimy
    Oct 22, 2018
    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...
  • Virginia
    May 07, 2018
    An intense historical narrative about the fight to regulate food in the US. Deborah Blum's book will shock and intrigue you as she goes through the life of Harvey Washington Wiley's whose research and strength pushed legislation to protect the current and next generation of Americans f...
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    Oct 04, 2018
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  • Brenda Ayala
    Sep 13, 2018
    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...
  • Leslie Jonsson
    Nov 12, 2018
    A look at what food, drugs and drink had in them before the days of FDA regulations. I only wish there had been more personal examples of people being poisoned that had been described. ...
  • Pam
    Oct 28, 2018
    This is fascinating account of the manufactured food industry in late 18th and early 19th centuries and how U.S. govt chemist, Dr. Harvey Wiley (truly a hero) fought to educate the public and impose regulations to clean it up. The descriptions of the preservative and adulteration pract...
  • Lindsay Sausville
    Nov 07, 2018
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  • Papaphilly
    Nov 14, 2018
    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...
  • Evan Deutsch
    Oct 29, 2018
    Wow, what an interesting book. ...
  • Mary Van Opstal
    Nov 09, 2018
    This is a fantastic and engaging book even for its grotesque description of adulterated and poisoned food in late 19th and early 20th century. I love all of this because it?s chemistry, and the main character food chemist Harvey Wiley is fascinating and a crusader for pure food. It?...
  • Sanschag
    Oct 27, 2018
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  • Mary
    Nov 07, 2018
    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...
  • Elizabeth
    Oct 18, 2018
    A fascinating look at the history behind the FDA and the legislation enacted to protect the American food supply. This book was packed with information but Blum kept things fast paced and easy to digest (pun intended). I thoroughly enjoyed "The Poisoner's Handbook," so I expected to li...
  • Amy
    Nov 01, 2018
    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...
  • Claudia
    Oct 25, 2018
    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...