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Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans

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In 1994, Jonathan Moreno became a senior staff member of a special commission created by President Clinton to investigate allegations of government-sponsored radiation research on unknowing citizens during the cold war. The top secret documents he helped to declassify revealed a shocking truth-- that human experimentation played an extensive role in this country's attempts ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 11th 1999 by W. H. Freeman
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Ross Mckinney
Feb 22, 2015 Ross Mckinney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an interesting book, not a great book. Somehow it lacks an over-arching coherence, although all the stories about episodes of governments doing research on citizens and non-citizens are enlightening, sometimes surprising. He does a nice job on the Nazi war crimes, but doesn't go as deeply into the malaria experiments in Illinois prisoners as he should have. The radiation experiments done by the US government come off as nearly benign. He could have been clearer about what is, in fact, the m ...more
Too much repetition; not enough case studies. It's an interesting subject but this book made it seem dry and repetively boring. It didn't come to any conclusions, it didn't leave the reader with anything to think about, it didn't put forward any new ideas or any new takes on the subject.

It could have done so much more, the only glimmer of interesting tidbits is when Moreno starts to write about an individual case; had he stuck with that then this book could have been good; he didn't and it isn't
Apr 17, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it
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Interesting survey of military-related medical experiments from WWII onwards.
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