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by Javier Moro,Dominique Lapierre

It was December 3, 1984. In the ancient city of Bhopal, a cloud of toxic gas escaped from an American pesticide plant, killing and injuring thousands of people.
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ISBN: 0446690783
ISBN13: 978-0446690782
Category: History
Subcategory: Asia
Author: Javier Moro,Dominique Lapierre
Language: English
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 1, 2003)
Pages: 432 pages
ePUB size: 1624 kb
FB2 size: 1606 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 442
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I remember the very day (December 2-3, 1984) when I first heard about this horrific MIC (methyl isocyanate) gas leak in Bhopal, India. Thousands upon thousands of people died and it was the poorest of the poor who suffered the most. Union Carbide got away with "murder" in the way they let this MIC plant go into disrepair. None of the "safety devices" were in use at the time of this accident. MIC is an explosive chemical that should never have been made in the first place and certainly not around a huge city with over 600,000 people living there at the time yet Union Carbide did just that. Estimates are that between 16,000-30,000 people died on December 3rd (when Tank 610 finally blew up) and the gases that crept through the air directly towards the most densely populated part of the city took no prisoners. MIC breaks down into hydrocyanic acid (yes, cyanide) and it is suspected that phosgene may have also been involved, but Union Carbide refused to cooperate with local doctors about what kind of gas they were dealing with. This book is so well-written it almost reads as a novel, but it is the real deal. Dominique Lapierre & Javier Moro deftly intertwined many personalities who lived in the shanties on the Kali Grounds as well as tell the story of how MIC was introduced into the country as a component of a carbamate pesticide named "Sevin"; phosgene was another gas used, as well. Mr. Lapierre has tirelessly sought aid for many of the survivors who are now plagued with permanent blindness, horrible respiratory problems, and reproductive maladies, etc. And, the water these people drink from is still contaminated to this day (2016). Union Carbide ceased to exist from that day on it was bought out mostly by Dow Chemical. And, about reparations from this accident... well, let's just say the survivors are lucky if they received any money at all. Over 30 years later the plant and surrounding areas are still being cleaned up. This has to be one of the most important books I have ever read; not just because it was, and still is, the worst industrial accident to ever occur, but I have always been interested in the "poisoning of our planet" with chemicals, radiation and other disasters. I have ordered several copies of this book in order to get the word out and possibly find people who will donate to very worthwhile causes with no overhead fees. Every last cent of the donated money goes to where it is needed most. In the back of the book the wonderful humanitarian, Mr. Lapierre, explains how to make donations and I gladly support his causes. **Please go easy on me; I never write book reviews because I know my limitations. But, this book truly deserves as many reviews as it can get. It really is fascinating reading and it is hard to put down once you have started.
Tastes great!!!!
The book had some pages torn out. It was not complete. I they were from the front of the book and I do not think I missed anything, but still I did expect to get a complete in tact book when I made my purchase.
It was an unfortunate event, but it's not of great historical importance for a general reader, any way he is a wonderful writer.
I have always wanted to read about this incident to find why it was such a big disaster and is still considered so. I am glad and sad to have learnt about the incident after finding how many people died in horrible and gruesome conditions. Nobody should have to go through something like that, especially the ones that have not benefited in any way whatsoever, which does not mean that it is ok for the ones that benefited. When a company knows that its manufacturing processes are lethal to the people and environment, they would be better off dropping the plans or at the very least provide the necessary precautions and anti-dote information to the health agencies so they can assist in the event of a disaster. When a company does not do this on purpose , they have the intent for negligent homicide or mass murder.

It is sad that large corporations can get away with so much negligence and disregard for both nature and humanity. What is the cost of a human life in comparison to the profits of an organization ? Apparently not too much !!!

This was one of the very good reads!! Sets the context very well for a hair rousing climax. Although what I am saying here sounds like something you would feel for a fiction read , this format I feel was instrumental in conveying the gravity of the incident.

It is amazing how the author has brought in different viewpoints beginning from people in bustees to the top management of the organization.

It is a good thing this company does not exist anymore, at least in the form that created the disaster. One less company in a huge lot that has the intention to do good, however ends up doing the exact opposite since they don't want to spend time understanding the full consequences of their plans.