Mona Hanna-Attisha

We are so happy to announce that Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will be joining us to discuss her book, What the Eyes Don't See at the Crooked Tree Auditorium on Thursday, August 16th at 6pm. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com

The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis, told "with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller" (O: The Oprah Magazine)--an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power.

Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan--in the name of austerity--shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps--but officials rebuffed them, insisting that the water was fine. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city's public hospital, took state officials at their word and encouraged the parents and children in her care to continue drinking the water--after all, it was American tap water, blessed with the state's seal of approval.
But a conversation at a cookout with an old friend, leaked documents from a rogue environmental inspector, and the activism of a concerned mother raised red flags about lead--a neurotoxin whose irreversible effects fall most heavily on children. Even as circumstantial evidence mounted and protests grew, Dr. Mona knew that the only thing that could stop the lead poisoning was undeniable proof--and that to get it, she'd have to enter the fight of her life.
What the Eyes Don't See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona--accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders--proved that Flint's kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself--an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family's activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.
What the Eyes Don't See is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their--and all of our--children.
"Flint is a public health disaster. But it was Dr. Mona, this caring, tough pediatrician turned detective, who cracked the case."--Rachel Maddow
"It's one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero."--Erin Brockovich


Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a physician, scientist, and activist who has been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Event date: 

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Crooked Tree Arts Center
461 E Mitchell St
Petoskey, MI 49770
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590832
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - June 19th, 2018

In “What The Eyes Don’t See," a determined Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha pulled off the veil of the Flint Water Crisis by exposing the poisoning of tens of thousands of residents by policy and politicians. Reminiscent of “The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair, Dr. Mona uncovers an injustice to the city of Flint unfathomable in our Great Lakes State. And, it’s totally inexcusable and so very sad. I was in tears too many times to count. Dr. Mona’s quest for clean water for the children of Flint is a must-read for anyone interested in epidemiology and environmental activism. It’s fantastic. And, it's a shame.

— Kristin


 

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