The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

A New York Times Notable Book From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change By the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous. Lethal, even. "Milk" might contain formaldehyde, most often u A New York Times Notable Book From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author D...

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Title:The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Author:Deborah Blum
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1594205140
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:330 pages pages

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Reviews

  • Becky
    May 09, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

  • Mark
    Feb 12, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

  • Lisa Anita
    Aug 01, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

    I loved The Poisoner's Handbook, so of course I had to read this when I spied it on display at the library. It's not quite as good, but still a compelling and interesting read. It's a bit scary to think about all the ingredients listed on labels that I wouldn't even be able to guess wh...

    I came across this book while at the Boston Science museum and knew I had pick it up. It took me several weeks to get through this book but, I still really enjoyed it. This book basically covers the story of Wiley and his fight for food safety regulations. It also discusses the effect ...

    Solid 4.5 stars. I'm dinging it half a star because it is a scince-y book that can get a little dry at times and I think it may lose some readers because of this. However, for anyone who think that the Whole Foods movement and Clean Eating is a new fad, you are gravely mistaken. Debora...

    A very interesting read about the work done at the turn of the twentieth century by the United States Department of Agriculture to determine the contents of food and drinks, the impacts of the added compounds on health, and the continuing battle to regulate harmful additives and requir...

    I read this book because of my interests in food, history and public health, but also because the subject, Harvey Wiley, is the grandfather of one of my good friends. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed this biography. I found most of the book to be a real page turner and very re...

  • Erika Miller
    Jul 12, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

  • Erin
    Jan 15, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

  • Lisa
    Feb 02, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

  • Emily
    Dec 26, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

  • Becca Younk
    Mar 19, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

    I loved The Poisoner's Handbook, so of course I had to read this when I spied it on display at the library. It's not quite as good, but still a compelling and interesting read. It's a bit scary to think about all the ingredients listed on labels that I wouldn't even be able to guess wh...

  • Marieka
    Feb 01, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

  • Jillian Doherty
    Mar 09, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

  • David
    Nov 17, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

  • Bill
    Aug 09, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

  • Leah K
    Dec 26, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

  • Jelena R
    Feb 01, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

  • Kate
    Aug 15, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

    I loved The Poisoner's Handbook, so of course I had to read this when I spied it on display at the library. It's not quite as good, but still a compelling and interesting read. It's a bit scary to think about all the ingredients listed on labels that I wouldn't even be able to guess wh...

    I came across this book while at the Boston Science museum and knew I had pick it up. It took me several weeks to get through this book but, I still really enjoyed it. This book basically covers the story of Wiley and his fight for food safety regulations. It also discusses the effect ...

    Solid 4.5 stars. I'm dinging it half a star because it is a scince-y book that can get a little dry at times and I think it may lose some readers because of this. However, for anyone who think that the Whole Foods movement and Clean Eating is a new fad, you are gravely mistaken. Debora...

    A very interesting read about the work done at the turn of the twentieth century by the United States Department of Agriculture to determine the contents of food and drinks, the impacts of the added compounds on health, and the continuing battle to regulate harmful additives and requir...

    I read this book because of my interests in food, history and public health, but also because the subject, Harvey Wiley, is the grandfather of one of my good friends. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed this biography. I found most of the book to be a real page turner and very re...

    I expected to be as interest in this book as The Poisoner's Handbook by the same author, but by the time I reached the halfway point I was skimming more than reading. Dry and loaded with setup, The Poison Squad fails at tempering the flow of information, ultimately leading to an overbu...

    Vivid historical account on how the FDA came into being, and how America constantly runs into the big business vs consumer rights. There are some truly terrifying substances that companies have put into food that the FDA has had to fight tooth and nail to keep food pure, and food label...

  • Jeimy
    Oct 22, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

  • Brenda A
    Sep 13, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

  • Allie
    Jun 15, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

    I loved The Poisoner's Handbook, so of course I had to read this when I spied it on display at the library. It's not quite as good, but still a compelling and interesting read. It's a bit scary to think about all the ingredients listed on labels that I wouldn't even be able to guess wh...

    I came across this book while at the Boston Science museum and knew I had pick it up. It took me several weeks to get through this book but, I still really enjoyed it. This book basically covers the story of Wiley and his fight for food safety regulations. It also discusses the effect ...

  • Papaphilly
    Nov 14, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

  • Grace
    Jan 21, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

    I loved The Poisoner's Handbook, so of course I had to read this when I spied it on display at the library. It's not quite as good, but still a compelling and interesting read. It's a bit scary to think about all the ingredients listed on labels that I wouldn't even be able to guess wh...

    I came across this book while at the Boston Science museum and knew I had pick it up. It took me several weeks to get through this book but, I still really enjoyed it. This book basically covers the story of Wiley and his fight for food safety regulations. It also discusses the effect ...

    Solid 4.5 stars. I'm dinging it half a star because it is a scince-y book that can get a little dry at times and I think it may lose some readers because of this. However, for anyone who think that the Whole Foods movement and Clean Eating is a new fad, you are gravely mistaken. Debora...

    A very interesting read about the work done at the turn of the twentieth century by the United States Department of Agriculture to determine the contents of food and drinks, the impacts of the added compounds on health, and the continuing battle to regulate harmful additives and requir...

    I read this book because of my interests in food, history and public health, but also because the subject, Harvey Wiley, is the grandfather of one of my good friends. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed this biography. I found most of the book to be a real page turner and very re...

    I expected to be as interest in this book as The Poisoner's Handbook by the same author, but by the time I reached the halfway point I was skimming more than reading. Dry and loaded with setup, The Poison Squad fails at tempering the flow of information, ultimately leading to an overbu...

    Vivid historical account on how the FDA came into being, and how America constantly runs into the big business vs consumer rights. There are some truly terrifying substances that companies have put into food that the FDA has had to fight tooth and nail to keep food pure, and food label...

    I think this is an important read to understand the politics and process behind the eventual creation of the FDA. It is essential to understand that throughout time, industry/corporations in masse have actively fought against protecting individuals if they perceived the requested chang...

  • Vaira Selvakani
    Jan 29, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

  • Mary
    Nov 07, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

  • Ailith Twinning
    Jan 09, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

  • Amy
    Nov 01, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

  • Beth Menendez
    Jan 05, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

    I loved The Poisoner's Handbook, so of course I had to read this when I spied it on display at the library. It's not quite as good, but still a compelling and interesting read. It's a bit scary to think about all the ingredients listed on labels that I wouldn't even be able to guess wh...

    I came across this book while at the Boston Science museum and knew I had pick it up. It took me several weeks to get through this book but, I still really enjoyed it. This book basically covers the story of Wiley and his fight for food safety regulations. It also discusses the effect ...

    Solid 4.5 stars. I'm dinging it half a star because it is a scince-y book that can get a little dry at times and I think it may lose some readers because of this. However, for anyone who think that the Whole Foods movement and Clean Eating is a new fad, you are gravely mistaken. Debora...

  • Maureen Caupp
    Jan 31, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

    I loved The Poisoner's Handbook, so of course I had to read this when I spied it on display at the library. It's not quite as good, but still a compelling and interesting read. It's a bit scary to think about all the ingredients listed on labels that I wouldn't even be able to guess wh...

    I came across this book while at the Boston Science museum and knew I had pick it up. It took me several weeks to get through this book but, I still really enjoyed it. This book basically covers the story of Wiley and his fight for food safety regulations. It also discusses the effect ...

    Solid 4.5 stars. I'm dinging it half a star because it is a scince-y book that can get a little dry at times and I think it may lose some readers because of this. However, for anyone who think that the Whole Foods movement and Clean Eating is a new fad, you are gravely mistaken. Debora...

    A very interesting read about the work done at the turn of the twentieth century by the United States Department of Agriculture to determine the contents of food and drinks, the impacts of the added compounds on health, and the continuing battle to regulate harmful additives and requir...

  • Nicholle
    Feb 01, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

  • Claudia
    Oct 25, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

  • E
    Nov 29, 2018

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

  • Allie Vera
    Aug 27, 2019

    Dude. The Industrial Revolution, for all its major leaps toward with invention and innovation, definitely fucked over some people. Like a lot of people. The biggest take away from this nonfiction book is that given the opportunity, big business will screw us over tenfold unles...

    Another superb book by Deborah Blum. Like her previous book, The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum dives deep into our recent past to show how different we were in some ways just a century ago, and yet how alike we are in many respects. The Poisoner's Handbook told the story of the birth of...

    During his successful 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump promised to have his cabinet "submit a list of every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs, and which does not improve public safety, and eliminate them." His FDA commission, Scott Gottlieb, followed that pro...

    This didn?t draw me in like I thought that it would. I generally tear through this type of book, but I?m maybe 5/6 of the way through and stuck, and I?m considering leaving it unfinished. Maybe it?s that it focuses too much on Dr. Wiley and goes into too much detail? I can?t ...

    This author's previous book is one of the most popular I've encountered, in that everyone I know who's read it, loved it. It was about the emergence of forensic medicine (and solving poisoning cases) against the backdrop of Prohibition-era New York. In this work she takes on a scie...

    Tedious. ...

    It is heartening to see this excellent new history getting favorable attention on the radio, in newspapers, in online journals, and in both food blogs and science blogs. In addition, there are already many reviews here on Goodreads that adequately summarize and elaborate on this boo...

    I'll admit it...I have a lot of trouble with certain types of non-fiction. There is an enormous amount of information in this book, but the title is on point. This was absolutely the story of one man's single-minded crusade to achieve a better world for mankind. It is unfortunate that ...

    A fascinating look at the beginning of the FDA and the man who made it possible. Definitely kept me interested. We've come so far and have so much further to go. ...

    Page turning and solicitous! This incredible story widens the view of what we think we know about how our nation?s food. From flood shavings in the chowder, to exactly how much plaster makes sour milk looks just right again ? this book is for anyone who loves reading about history ...

    Fascinating but, at the same time, deeply disturbing, account of the decades-long effort by Dr. Harvey Wiley, a chemist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century, to protect consumers from adulterated food and drugs. A hundred years ago, Dr. Wiley's nam...

    Fascinating.You'll never look at packaged food the same after reading this. Should be required reading for the naive libertarians who have forgotten what an unrestricted market will devolve into and the lengths it will go to protect itself. They still test food for floor sweepings to t...

    Definitely an eye opener into how FDA dealt with adulteration and consumer food safety. Worth the read. ...

    Today, when talking about the safety of our food, we are concerned with MSG; high-fructose corn syrup; trans fats, synthetic sweeteners, artificial colors among others. In the late 1800's into the early years of the twentieth century, you would have been concerned more about arsenic, f...

    What an amazing book. This is both truly well written and a reminder how history repeats. if you hear about how good the food used to be, this book reminds you how good the food really was not. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twe...

    Listened to audiobook. I may be more interested in this book than your average American because I do work with agriculture regulations, but I loved this snapshot of the Dr. Wiley and the eventual creation of the FDA. It is both comforting and frustrating to see that the more th...

    Clearly well-researched, it's a look into the life of Dr. Harvey Wiley and also the precursor department to what we know as the FDA today. It's both fascinating and horrifying, the list of preservatives and agents that industry manufacturers considered common to put in their food for t...

    This is billed as a fascinating story about how food was made safe in America, but I have to disagree with the second part of that statement. It is about how food was made safer. However, it doesn't take much for readers to see how much our capitalistic government bends to serve the wh...

    I keep trying to tell people that things are always more the same than you can imagine - this book is a new go-to to try and show that. ...

    First sentence from introduction: We tend these days to cast a romantic glow over the foods of our forefathers. In such rosy light, we may imagine grandparents or great-grandparents thriving happily--and solely--on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock. We may even believe ...

    I give this book 5 stars (out of 5). I loved the science/chemistry and history behind the story. The author is an excellent science writer and wrote such an intriguing story. The parts where she described the politics behind the story were boring to me (I cannot stand politics), but a ...

    So why do they bleach flour? Read this and you will find out and probably never buy bleached flour again. Having worked in QA in the pharmaceutical industry, I was familiar with the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 as the beginning of the regulation of pharmaceuticals, but hadn't really ...

    I loved The Poisoner's Handbook, so of course I had to read this when I spied it on display at the library. It's not quite as good, but still a compelling and interesting read. It's a bit scary to think about all the ingredients listed on labels that I wouldn't even be able to guess wh...

    I came across this book while at the Boston Science museum and knew I had pick it up. It took me several weeks to get through this book but, I still really enjoyed it. This book basically covers the story of Wiley and his fight for food safety regulations. It also discusses the effect ...

    Solid 4.5 stars. I'm dinging it half a star because it is a scince-y book that can get a little dry at times and I think it may lose some readers because of this. However, for anyone who think that the Whole Foods movement and Clean Eating is a new fad, you are gravely mistaken. Debora...

    A very interesting read about the work done at the turn of the twentieth century by the United States Department of Agriculture to determine the contents of food and drinks, the impacts of the added compounds on health, and the continuing battle to regulate harmful additives and requir...

    I read this book because of my interests in food, history and public health, but also because the subject, Harvey Wiley, is the grandfather of one of my good friends. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed this biography. I found most of the book to be a real page turner and very re...

    I expected to be as interest in this book as The Poisoner's Handbook by the same author, but by the time I reached the halfway point I was skimming more than reading. Dry and loaded with setup, The Poison Squad fails at tempering the flow of information, ultimately leading to an overbu...