Bridge Magazine, The Center for Michigan, and Mission Point Press announce new book: Poison on Tap: How Government Failed Flint, and the Heroes Who Fought Back.
After decades of abandonment, the mostly African-American residents of Flint, Mich., had thought they’d lived through the worst of times. They were wrong.
After more than a year of discolored, foul-smelling water flowing from faucets, children falling ill with stomach ailments and skin rashes, and bureaucrats ridiculing residents’ pleas for relief, the truth finally — painfully — emerged.
Based on the award-winning journalism of Bridge Magazine, Poison on Tap provides a riveting, authoritative account of the government blunders, mendacity and arrogance that produced the lead-poisoned-water crisis in Flint, including:
- How a series of state-appointed emergency managers put cost-cutting ahead of public health in one of Michigan’s poorest cities
- How state experts misinterpreted basic safeguards that should have prevented lead from entering Flint’s drinking supply, while federal officials dithered for months over whether to warn the public
- How a governor who rose to prominence on a promise of “relentless, positive action” missed the red flags
- And how a series of heroes refused to accept the pat dismissals of government agencies, keeping up the prodding and needling until their voices were finally heard
The book features detailed reporting, graphics and photography by the staff of Bridge Magazine. It is edited by Bob Campbell, and published by Mission Point Press.
“Sometimes truth is stranger and scarier than fiction — and such is the case with the Flint water crisis. Bridge Magazine staff painstakingly documented one of the most significant cases of environmental injustice in U.S. history.” – Va. Tech Professor and Flint hero Mark Edwards
Mission Point Press is a Traverse City-based publisher that specializes in regional and statewide books, including the northern Michigan bestseller Storm Struck. For more information, go to MissionPointPress.com.
Poison on Tap is available at bookstores statewide as well as at Amazon. ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY.
From every printed copy sold, Bridge Magazine and Mission Point Press will donate $1 to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.