The Human Cost of BP's Rise to Power
St. Martin's Press, Paperback, 9781250007391, 417pp.
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven workers and creating the largest oil spill in the history of U.S. offshore drilling. But this wasn’t the first time British Petroleum and its cost-cutting practices destroyed parts of the natural world. It also was not the first time that BP’s negligence resulted in the loss of human life, ruined family businesses, or shattered dreams. From Alaska to Kansas to the Gulf, journalist Mike Magner has been tracking BP’s reckless path for years, and in Poisoned Legacy he focuses, for the first time, on the human price of BP’s rise to power.
"A lucid, hard-hitting indictment of BP’s ingrained greed and irresponsibility." —Publishers Weekly"The value in reading a book like this is to realize that what multinational corporations do can affect not only their employees but also whole towns and, in the case of the Gulf oil spill, vast regions of the country. . . . A very readable and engaging explanation of the kind of business culture that makes the mistakes that result in what happened on the Deepwater Horizon. . . . It’s a story that needs telling." —Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan)"Tightly written, concise investigative journalism." —Booklist