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2019 – 2020 Go Big Read Selection The Poison Squad

The dramatic true story of the fight for food safety in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley. Detailing the complex interchanges of industry, media, and government regulation with a bracing clarity, The Poison Squad offers a prescient perspective on the enormous social and political challenges we face today.

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About the AuthorDeborah Blum

Author Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and editor of Undark magazine, ( In 1992, she won the Pulitzer Prize for a series on primate research, which she turned into a book, The Monkey Wars. Her other books include The Poisoner's Handbook, Ghost Hunters, Love at Goon Park, and Sex on the Brain. She has written for publications including The New York Times, Wired, Time, Discover, Mother Jones, The Guardian and The Boston Globe. Blum is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Memorial Union Theater – Shannon Hall

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A Note from the ChancellorRebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has selected Deborah Blum’s The Poison Squad as the 2019-2020 Go Big Read book.

To learn more, see the official press release.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank