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Author O'Brien, Keith, 1973- author.

Title Paradise falls : the true story of an environmental catastrophe / Keith O'Brien.

Publication Info. New York : Pantheon Books, [2022]


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 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  363.738 O'BRIEN    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  363.728 O'BRIEN    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department Lower Level  363.7384 OBRIEN    Check Shelf
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 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  363.7384 O'BRIEN    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  363.738 OBR    Check Shelf
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 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  363.738 O'BRIEN    Check Shelf
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Edition First edition.
Description xi, 455 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-423) and index.
Contents Maps -- Author's note -- Introduction : May 14, 1972 -- Part I : December 1976-December 1977 -- Part II : January-October 1978 -- Part III : October 1978-December 1979 -- Part IV : January-May 1980.
Summary "From the New York Times best-selling journalist, the staggering, hidden story of an unlikely band of mothers who discovered the deadly secret of Love Canal, and exposed one of America's most devastating environmental disasters. Lois Gibbs, Luella Kenny and Barbara Quimby thought they had found a slice of the American dream when they and their families moved onto the quiet streets of Love Canal, a picturesque middle-class hamlet by Niagara Falls in the winter of 1977, the town had record snowfalls, and in the spring, rains filled the earth with water like a sponge and the basements of the neighborhood's homes with a pungent odor. It was the sweet, synthetic smell of chemicals. Then, one by one, the children of the more than 800 families that made Love Canal their home started getting very sick. In this propulsive work of narrative reportage, Keith O'Brien uncovers how Lois, Luella, Barbara and other local mothers uncovered the poisonous secret of Love Canal: that they were living on the site where industrial employer Hooker Chemical had been dumping toxic waste for years, and covering it up. O'Brien braids together the previously unknown stories of Hooker Chemical's deception, the local newspapermen and scientists who tried to help, the city officials who didn't, and the heroic women who stood up to corporate and governmental indifference, and--ultimately--triumphed. O'Brien paints a vividly how their dauntless efforts would capture the American imagination at the time and form the foundation of the modern environmental movement."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) -- History.
Chemical plants -- Waste disposal -- Environmental aspects -- New York (State) -- Niagara Falls.
Hazardous waste sites -- New York (State) -- Niagara Falls.
Pollution -- Physiological effect -- New York (State) -- Niagara Falls.
Hazardous waste site remediation -- New York (State) -- Niagara Falls -- Citizen participation.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General.
Chemical plants -- Waste disposal -- Environmental aspects. (OCoLC)fst00853138
Hazardous waste site remediation -- Citizen participation. (OCoLC)fst00952319
Hazardous waste sites. (OCoLC)fst00952349
Pollution -- Physiological effect. (OCoLC)fst01070143
New York (State) -- Niagara Falls. (OCoLC)fst01205634
New York (State) -- Niagara Falls -- Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill. (OCoLC)fst01316497
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century^HISTORY / Women^BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists.
Other Form: Online version: O'Brien, Keith, 1973- Paradise falls First edition New York : Pantheon Books, [2022] 9780593318447 (DLC) 2021038251
ISBN 9780593318430 (hardcover)
0593318439 (hardcover)
9780593318447 (ebk)
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