Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health (Paperback)

The Collapse of Global Public Health

By Laurie Garrett

Hyperion Books, 9780786884407, 768pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2001



"On par with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring ... This chilling exploration of the decline of public health should be taken seriously by leaders and policymakers around the world."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review In this meticulously researched and ultimately explosive new book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the New York Times bestseller The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett takes on perhaps the most crucial global issue of our time. She asks: is our collective health in a state of decline? If so, how dire is this crisis and has the public health system itself contributed to it? Using riveting detail and finely-honed storytelling, Garrett exposes the underbelly of the world's globalization to find out if it can still be assumed that government can and will protect the people's health, or if that trust has been irrevocably broken.

About the Author

Laurie Garrett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has been a health and science writer for Newsday since 1988, and a contributor to such publications as Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Affairs. Previously, she was science correspondent for NPR. She is the only person to have received all of the top four awards in American journalism: the Pulitzer Prize (for which she has three times been a finalist), the George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, the George C. Polk Award, and three times honored by the Overseas Press Club of America. Her book The Coming Plague (1994) was name "One of the Best Books of 1994" by both The New York Times Book Review and Library Journal, and was a national bestseller in 1995. Garrett lives in Brooklyn, New York.