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"Valley at Risk" is truly a great read. The author does a brilliant job of ... January 29, 2015
By John K. Townsend
"Valley at Risk" is truly a great read. The author does a brilliant job of portraying corporate "cover-ups" after preventable disasters. Characters are portrayed on both sides, the investigative journalist and the corporate PR director and the issues that divide families, the politics of big business. I highly recommend this book!

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Making you angry, sad, and ultimately, making you aware! January 30, 2015
By Richardinhingham
Valley at Risk Shelter in Place is a portrait of some of the frightening failures of corporate cultures. Dr. Harshbarger has a powerful ability to examine the way corporate DNA continues to replicate itself. The history of a giant international company is delineated carefully as the unchanging behavior that makes it a dangerous entity is uncovered by a young and inexperienced reporter. Years ago I met Olof Palme, then the Prime Minister of Sweden, and heard him speak. Among the things he discussed were the way that members of the financially lower classes were disproportionately the victims of pollution. This book examines the way corporate cultures treat the least well off with life-threatening indifference to the effects of their manufacturing processes. I grew up in Pittsburgh and worked in a steel mill as a teenager. The way that workers in these mammoth plants, and the neighbors whose properties abutted the plants were systematically poisoned. The way some of the workers and managers would trade their lives for their pay checks was frightening. Dr. Harshbarger makes that trade clear throughout this book. While the reporter and her ex-boyfriend are used to illustrate the divergence between being mindful about life vs. being mindful about corporate success. The book will make you angry, make you sad, make you aware. A great book about how our US culture is being sacrificed to our corporations.

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A real page turner. December 29, 2014
By Kipper
A real page turner. Is especially relevant to those of us living in the Kanahwa/Ohio Valley area and anywhere else that chemical plants exist. Definitely an eye opener. Jean Dean

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Amazing read...local and global impacts of the chemical industry in a novel about real town America! February 4, 2015
By Janet B Hunt
This book covers a lot of ground and uncovers the global impact a single company can have. Although a novel based on a WV town, the story is based on events that actually happened and how the amazingly amoral decisions this company made had repercussions across multiple countries. If you take that and multiple it by all the large companies/industries in the world...makes me shudder to think of the impact. I finished this book last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was eye opening!