The Poisoned City by Anna Clark audiobook

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

By Anna Clark
Read by Xe Sands

Macmillan Audio
7.10 Hours Unabridged
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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 supply to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint, mostly poor and African American, were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives. It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died and Flint’s children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun. In Anna Clark's full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark's 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. Places like Flint are set up to fail—and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

Finalist for the 2019 Helen Bernstein Book Award

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018

A Washington Post Best Books of the Year selection

A 2018 Seattle Times Best Books of the Year selection

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 supply to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint, mostly poor and African American, were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives.

It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died and Flint’s children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun.

In Anna Clark's full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark's 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.

Places like Flint are set up to fail—and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A comprehensive chronicle of the crisis—with an eye for the institutional corruption and indifference that enabled it.” New York Times
“An exceptional work of journalism.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Gripping and packed with meticulously sourced reportage… Clark’s rich account intersperses policy and environmental science with vivid portraits of Flint and its citizens, ramping up the tension as the horror unfolds…A must-read.” Nature
“To communicate such a blunt message, Xe Sands is the perfect narrator because her voice is smartly intimate. Her inviting tone comes through like a confidante’s whisper and transforms the harsh issues that Clark highlights into a narrative that listeners will be ready to hear.” AudioFile
“Will open readers’ eyes to both the scary truth that most of our cities rely on equally weak water infrastructure and how a city’s residents can force others to listen.” Amazon.com
“Searing scrutiny…A cornucopia of history and responsibly researched details…This is an important book, for Flint, for all American cities, and for our nation.” East Village Magazine (Flint, Michigan)
“[A] copiously documented saga of moneyed corruption…A bracing, closely reported chronicle.” Bookforum
“[A] complex, exquisitely detailed account…A potent cautionary tale of urban neglect and indifference. Infuriated readers will be heartened by the determined efforts of protesters and investigative reporter.” Kirkus Review (starred review)
“Clark combines a staggering amount of research and several intimate story lines…naming all the names and presenting the confirming research…The Poisoned City is an environmental tent revival for people who continue to suffer and a call to arms for everyone who values professional local journalism.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Anna Clark

Author Bio: Anna Clark

Anna Clark is an author and journalist living in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in Elle magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, and other publications. She is the editor of A Detroit Anthology, named a Michigan Notable Book, and she had been a writer-in-residence in Detroit public schools as part of the InsideOut Literary Arts program. She has also been a Fulbright fellow in Nairobi, Kenya, and a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English