The first full account of the Flint, Michigan, water scandal, an American tragedy, with new details, from Anna Clark, theaward-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 decisions, the state government had switched the city’s water to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint—a largely poor African American city of about 100,000 people—were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives.
It took 18 months of activism and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. But this was only after 12 people died and Flint’s children suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster have only just begun.
In the first full-length account of this epic failure, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision-making. Cities like Flint are set up to fail—and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences may be mortal. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Henry Holt #Partner for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review.
I rate this a 5 out of 5 Stars.
Bare with me guys, this will be my first time reviewing a non-fiction book, but this one is very important to me, and something I think EVERYONE should be made aware of. The City of Flint, is something I am fascinated with for many reasons, not just the water crisis, but also the city as a whole. Have you seen the docu-series on Netflix called Flint Town? If you haven’t I would highly advise watching it.
What I discovered reading this book is, it’s so much more than the water crisis, it’s the racism, the poverty, the politics, the infrastructure of the city, the money crisis,that’s what makes this city suffer and all of that is touched upon in this book. What the people of Flint have to endure, and still have to suffer through is enough to break my heart. They deserved better, they still do.
This book was very well thought out, it was researched incredibly well, and I really enjoyed reading it. It took me a bit longer to read it than fiction books, but it’s a very intense topic. Reading this, I just kept reminding myself, this isn’t a movie, this isn’t fiction, this is real life, and this is what people go through in Flint. Can you imagine waking up one day, to being poisoned by your water? To complain to the city, to be told not to use your water, but hey you still have to pay for it!! It’s insane to me!
If all fiction books were written this way, I would most definitely read more. Major kudos to Anna Clark.