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Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

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This fascinating environmental history of Japan examines how traditions and practices in several industriesAa--from raising silkworms to mining lead and coal to refining petroleumAa--have affected the health of workers and those who have lived in these toxic landscapes.--Brett Walker is Regents' Professor and department chairperson of history and philosophy at the ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published March 8th 2010 by University of Washington Press (first published January 15th 2001)
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Apr 01, 2016 Ana rated it it was amazing
Brett Walker ends his detailed and readable account of Japanese toxicology with some of the most chilling optimism one could imagine: that of the sublime beauty of selflessness in the depths of toxic torture. We as a species are drowning in our own industrial progress, miring ourselves in the nature we have fouled, not ascending with our "accomplishments."

It is true that Brett Walker has a proclivity for the pretty turn of phrase and French adjective, but this only serves to further humanize an
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This book was powerfully moving. The images it conjures continue to flicker through my mind with horrifying beauty, but it really should be read by everyone in order to fully comprehend what our industrialized selves really are. Walker's integration of industrial disease with historical and cultural context is beautifully done.
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