Paperback $24.00

Mar 06, 2012 | 304 Pages

  • Paperback $24.00

    Mar 06, 2012 | 304 Pages


“[A] driving, fast-paced narrative . . . Dracos’s straightforward reporting delivers one blow after another.”—Publishers Weekly

“Innately villainous and shrouded by deceit, PCBs are the cigarettes of the chemical world. Finally, with Biocidal, their treacherous story is told. And, because all of us on Earth carry molecules of PCBs within our bodies, it is a story that all of us on Earth need to hear. Happily, Ted Dracos makes listening to PCBs a captivating task.”—Sandra Steingraber, biologist and author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment  
“The first ever complete and up-to-date story of PCBs and their effects on human health and the ecosystem.”—Dr. David Carpenter, Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany
“Dracos tells the well-documented tale from its beginning, filling in the details of how we have all been reduced to playing the role of lab rats in an awful toxicity experiment created by Monsanto, which made more than 99 percent of all of the PCBs ever used in the United States. The story has many players, including not only Monsanto, but also Monsanto’s biggest customers — polluters that include General Electric and Westinghouse – complicit scientists working on behalf of industry, and co-opted officials in government agencies. Although Dracos spins a non-fictional horror story dotted with dozens of bad decisions made over the course of decades, he also manages to end the book with a hopeful message for change.”—Steven Jensen Blog
“This book is a game changer with respect to the world of PCBs.”—Katie Noble, KPCW’s This Green Earth
“Details how the chemical industry manipulated regulatory agencies despite knowledge of the dangers of PCBs. The author synthesizes research on the connection between PCBs and human illness, environmental damage, and damage to species diversity, drawing on scientific studies, news articles, and court documents.”—SciTech Book News
“Dracos’ writing is accessible and intelligent…Such skilled writing and his talents as an investigative reporter allow Dracos a certain panache to telling the story of Monsanto, the EPA and independent researchers uncovering the true danger.”—Dotrad blog

From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1 The Man Who Poisoned the Planet

Chapter 2 The Good Ol’ Boys of Monsanto

Chapter 3 The Long Con

Chapter 4 The Discovery

Chapter 5 The Global Poison

Chapter 6 PCBs and Kids

Chapter 7 Adult Realities

Chapter 8 PCBs, Breast Cancer, and Hidden Agendas

Chapter 9 Killer Whales and the Weight

Chapter 10 A Lethal Erosion of the Biosphere

Chapter 11 The Devil’s Gamble

Chapter 12 The Politiks of PCBs

Chapter 13 The Epiphany

Chapter 14 GE and the Jacking of the Hudson

Chapter 15 The Inevitability of Nothing

Chapter 16 Precautionary Agonistes

Chapter 17 Epigenetics, PCBs, and Us

Epilogue Clouds and Sunlight





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