Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat

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In POISONED, Jeff Benedict delivers a jarringly candid narrative of the fast-moving disaster drawing on access to key documents and exclusive interviews with the real-life characters at the center of the drama - the families whose children were infected, the Jack in the Box executives forced to answer for the tragedy, the physicians and scientists who identified E. coli as the culprit, and the legal teams on both sides of the historic lawsuits that ensued. This is the story of the permanent transformation of our food supply chain, and the young maverick lawyer, Bill Marler, who staked his career on bringing the victims justice without compromise. Fast Food Nation meets A Civil Action in this riveting account of how we learned the hard way to truly watch what we eat.

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Jeff Benedict is an award-winning writer and is considered one of America s top investigative journalists. He has published nine critically acclaimed books, including Little Pink House, Without Reservation, Pros and Cons, Out of Bounds, and The Mormon Way of Doing Business. He is a columnist and feature writer for SI.com and a contributor to Sports Illustrated. His essays and articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and the Hartford Courant. His stories have been the basis of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, as well as segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline, and HBO s Real Sports. He is a frequent guest on network news programs and cable television talk shows, as well as a popular public speaker. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Southern Virginia University, where he teaches Writing and Mass Media, a course he designed.

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"A fast-paced narrative and a cautionary tale about how public health policy, corporate practices and public relations, and lawyers' chutzpah and frenzy for fees can converge in a place we all know well." --Associated Press

"A new, thriller-style account of the horrors of that E. coli outbreak and the subsequent events, including the groundbreaking rulings making O157:H7 an "adulterant". --Mark Bittman, The New York Times

"Spartan prose delivers a chilling, page-turning lesson in food safety." --Kirkus Reviews

"Movie-like ...Benedict does a dramatic public service by showing us what happened behind the scenes." --Christian Science Monitor

"Part thriller, part investigative expose, and all human, "Poisoned" lays out in rich, untold detail the tragic yet ultimately inspiring story behind the largest deadly E. coli outbreak in history." --Armen Keteyian, CBS News

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