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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mona Hanna-Attisha Narrator: Mona Hanna-Attisha Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9780525492610
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The definitive first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, which poisoned thousands and left a city without safe water for years, written by the crusading pediatrician at the center of the fight for justice, who Erin Brockovich named “a true American hero.”

In the heart of the world’s wealthiest nation, one hundred thousand people were poisoned by the water supply for two years—with the knowing complicity of their government. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the brilliant child of Iraqi immigrants who chose to practice pediatrics among one of the country’s most vulnerable populations, first became aware of the problem when mothers came to her asking if it was safe to make formula from the brown water coming from their taps. Then she observed other problems—physical and cognitive—among the children she treated. She suspected lead had gotten into the water supply, but the government stonewalled her inquiries. With the help of volunteer researchers, courageous parents, and her own dramatic undercover investigations, she exposed the government’s cover-up and blew the whistle on one of the emblematic environmental disasters of our time.

Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha rallied a community with her findings and bold action, and blew open the horrific reality of how a botched austerity policy, government ineptitude, and bureaucratic indifference placed the lives of 10,000 children at risk. The audiobook is a medical and scientific thriller, and simultaneously the story of an incredible woman, immigrant, doctor, and scientist for whom environmental and social justice activism have been lifelong commitments. Just as importantly, it will tell the larger story of Flint - of a proud people caught in the midst of economic change, industrial and environmental decline, and governmental neglect - and the injustices, vulnerabilities, and risks borne by such poverty-line populations in our country. It captures a timely and essential story of how communities can come together to fight for social justice, even in opposition to their own governments.

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  • Mona Hanna-Attisha details her extraordinary effort to document and publicize the tragedy of the lead-poisoned kids she found in her clinics every day, woven together with her personal journey as a young physician serving a population of underserved and underrepresented citizens in Flint. This elegant volume brings home what is best in public health—and what is worst in public policy. This book should be read by every citizen. David Rosner, co-author of The Concussion Crisis
  • Flint is a public health disaster. But it was Dr. Mona, this caring, tough pediatrician turned detective, who cracked the case. Rachel Maddow 
  • It’s one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero. Erin Brockovich 
  • She is an unlikely hero—a pediatrician who went up against the forces responsible for poisoning an American city, my hometown of Flint, Michigan. Yet because of her gentle but unrelenting perseverance, she brought the world’s attention to this crime. A story of race, greed, and a crumbling democracy, What the Eyes Don’t See is a brilliantly written book—may it help save every Flint in this country. Michael Moore
  • [A] powerful firsthand account . . . Hanna-Attisha’s empathy for her patients and the people of Flint comes through, as do her pride in her Iraqi roots and her persistent optimism. . . . An inspiring work. Publishers Weekly
  • Told with passion and intelligence, What the Eyes Don’t See is an essential text for understanding the full scope of injustice in Flint and the importance of fighting for what’s right. Booklist (starred review)
  • Beautifully written, What the Eyes Don’t See captures all that is wrong and right in America at this moment. This child of Iraqi immigrants is a true American hero, who told truth to power and galvanized a nation. Everyone who cares about the past and the future of the United States has to read her amazing, heartwarming, and inspiring story. Gerald Markowitz, co-author of Lead Wars 
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