Lethal But Legal by Nicholas Freudenberg

Lethal But Legal

Decisions made by the food, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical, gun, and automobile industries have a greater impact on today's health than the decisions of scientists and policymakers. As the collective influence of corporations has grown, governments around the world have stepped back from their responsibility to protect public health by privatizing key services, weakening regulations, and cutting funding for consumer and environmental protection...

Details Lethal But Legal

TitleLethal But Legal
Release DateFeb 18th, 2014
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
GenreNonfiction, Health, Science, Health Care, History

Reviews Lethal But Legal

  • Du
    It is always a bit painful to read about things you know are bad for you and yet you also know that you do the stupid thing like eat/drink/support the habit forming corporation. That said, just like Supersize Me, and other exposures this is a thought provoking and intelligent book that we should all read once a month. It is so startling how much corporations get away with in the name of public need and good. Disgusting, really. The book itself is...
  • Libby
    This book was at times difficult to get through, but it was extremely well-researched and provided a very good look at: a) how corporations have undermined public health, b) what has been done to combat this (covering both what worked and what didn't), and c) how to forge a path toward protecting public health using a combination of tactics. This last section is the part that so many similar books are missing, so I appreciated Freudenberg's effor...
  • Elizabeth Henry
    I recently won a copy of this book in a contest. I would love to write a review of this book, but unfortunately, I never received my copy.
  • Katie
    Excellent, factual low-down on the 6 biggest industries in America: food, gun, automobile, tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical. By no means is this a "jump in and read for 6 hours straight." It's packed with research, history and facts, and it is in-depth and sometimes meandering. It took me over a month to plow through, reading a few pages a day. But if you're serious about learning every mind-blowing fact about these industries, you absolutely ...
  • Andy
    Important topic. Apparently accurate information. Unfortunately somewhat of a chore to read. Like a list of bullet points. Covering many topics without much depth: e.g., tobacco corporations are bad, okay. Useful as a reference. Has some encouraging stories at the end; that's nice. Corporations put profits before public health. But that doesn't seem like news. I wish the author had summed up the problem much more briefly and spent more time on th...
  • Ariadna73
    Not many new things in this book, but confirmation on what one may intuitively know: that he ho has the most money is he who rules the world. Sadly, it happens once an over and over again. :-(
  • Jim
    highly uneven — vacillates between insightful and compelling arguments and one-sided arguments that reach well beyond the evidence provided.