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‘The Poisoned City’ chronicles Flint’s water crisis

Journalist Anna Clark weaves together history and science to explain the public health disaster

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7:00am, July 17, 2018
bottled water pickup site in Flint, Mich.

WATER WOES  For years, residents in Flint, Mich., have had to rely on bottled water from water pickup sites (one shown) after corroded city pipes sent lead levels in tap water skyrocketing.

The Poisoned City
Anna Clark
Metropolitan Books, $30

America is built on lead. Networks of aging pipes made from the bluish-gray metal bring water into millions of U.S. homes. But when lead, a poison to the nervous system, gets into drinking water — as happened in Flint, Mich. — the heavy metal can cause irreparable harm (SN: 3/19/16, p. 8). In The Poisoned City, journalist Anna Clark provides a thorough, nuanced account of the public health disaster in Flint — one that, she argues, was magnified by government malfeasance and decades of systemic racism.

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