What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

By Mona Hanna Attisha
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK - The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis, by a relentless physician who stood up to power.

"Stirring . . . [a] blueprint for all those who believe . . . that 'the world . . . should be full of people raising their voices.'"--The New York Times

"Revealing, with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller." --O: The Oprah Magazine

Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water--and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don't See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself--an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family's activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

What the Eyes Don't See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their--and all of our--children.

Praise for What the Eyes Don't See

"It is one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero."--Erin Brockovich

"A clarion call to live a life of purpose."--The Washington Post

"Gripping . . . entertaining . . . Her book has power precisely because she takes the events she recounts so personally. . . . Moral outrage present on every page."--The New York Times Book Review

"Personal and emotional. . . She vividly describes the effects of lead poisoning on her young patients. . . . She is at her best when recounting the detective work she undertook after a tip-off about lead levels from a friend. . . . ‛Flint will not be defined by this crisis, ' vows Ms. Hanna-Attisha."--The Economist

"Flint is a public health disaster. But it was Dr. Mona, this caring, tough pediatrican turned detective, who cracked the case."--Rachel Maddow



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"A stirring and personal account . . . For all her doggedness, Hanna-Attisha is a goofy, appealing, very human narrator. . . . Hers is the book I'd recommend to those coming to the issue for the first time; the crisis becomes personalized through the stories of her patients and their parents."--Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

"The Iraqi American pediatrician who helped expose the Flint water crisis lays bare the bureaucratic bunk and flat-out injustice at the heart of the environmental disgrace--revealing, with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller, 'the story of a government poisoning its own citizens, and then lying about it.'"--O: The Oprah Magazine

"It's one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero."--Erin Brockovich

"A clarion call to live a life of purpose."--The Washington Post

"Gripping . . . entertaining . . . Her book has power precisely because she takes the events she recounts so personally. . . . Moral outrage present on every page."--The New York Times Book Review

"Personal and emotional. . . She vividly describes the effects of lead poisoning on her young patients. . . . She is at her best when recounting the detective work she undertook after a tip-off about lead levels from a friend. . . . ‛Flint will not be defined by this crisis, ' vows Ms. Hanna-Attisha."--The Economist

"Flint is a public health disaster. But it was Dr. Mona, this caring, tough pediatrician turned detective, who cracked the case."--Rachel Maddow

"Mona Hanna-Attisha's account of that urban man-made disaster reads both as a detective story and as an exposé of government corruption. . . . Her book's message is that we each have the power to fix things, to make the world safer by opening one another's eyes to problems. Her book reinforced my belief that the first step to becoming a citizen activist is seeing the world as it should be, not as it is given to you."--The Seattle Times

"Essential for all readers who care about children, health, and the environment. This should be required reading for public servants as an incisive cautionary tale, and for pediatricians and youth advocates as a story of heroism in the ranks of people who have the capacity to make a difference."--Library Journal (starred review)

"She is an unlikely hero--a pediatrician who went up against the forces responsible for poisoning an American city, my hometown of Flint, Michigan. Yet because of her gentle but unrelenting perseverance, she brought the world's attention to this crime. A story of race, greed, and a crumbling democracy, What the Eyes Don't See is a brilliantly written book--may it help save every Flint in this country."--Michael Moore

"[A] powerful firsthand account . . . Hanna-Attisha's empathy for her patients and the people of Flint comes through, as do her pride in her Iraqi roots and her persistent optimism. . . . An inspiring work."--Publishers Weekly

"Told with passion and intelligence, What the Eyes Don't See is an essential text for understanding the full scope of injustice in Flint and the importance of fighting for what's right."--Booklist (starred review)

"The Iraqi American pediatrician who helped expose the Flint water crisis lays bare the bureaucratic bunk and flat-out injustice at the heart of the environmental disgrace--revealing, with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller, 'the story of a government poisoning its own citizens, and then lying about it.'"--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Flint is a public health disaster. But it was Dr. Mona, this caring, tough pediatrician turned detective, who cracked the case."--Rachel Maddow

"It's one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero."--Erin Brockovich

"Essential for all readers who care about children, health, and the environment. This should be required reading for public servants as an incisive cautionary tale, and for pediatricians and youth advocates as a story of heroism in the ranks of people who have the capacity to make a difference."--Library Journal (starred review)

"She is an unlikely hero--a pediatrician who went up against the forces responsible for poisoning an American city, my hometown of Flint, Michigan. Yet because of her gentle but unrelenting perseverance, she brought the world's attention to this crime. A story of race, greed, and a crumbling democracy, What the Eyes Don't See is a brilliantly written book--may it help save every Flint in this country."--Michael Moore

"[A] powerful firsthand account . . . Hanna-Attisha's empathy for her patients and the people of Flint comes through, as do her pride in her Iraqi roots and her persistent optimism. . . . An inspiring work."--Publishers Weekly

"Told with passion and intelligence, What the Eyes Don't See is an essential text for understanding the full scope of injustice in Flint and the importance of fighting for what's right."--Booklist (starred review)

"Beautifully written, What the Eyes Don't See captures all that is wrong and right in America at this moment. This child of Iraqi immigrants is a true American hero, who told truth to power and galvanized a nation. Everyone who cares about the past and the future of the United States has to read her amazing, heartwarming, and inspiring story."--Gerald Markowitz, co-author of Lead Wars

"Mona Hanna-Attisha details her extraordinary effort to document and publicize the tragedy of the lead-poisoned kids she found in her clinics every day, woven together with her personal journey as a young physician serving a population of underserved and underrepresented citizens in Flint. This elegant volume brings home what is best in public health--and what is worst in public policy. This book should be read by every citizen."--David Rosner, co-author of The Concussion Crisis

"It's one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero."--Erin Brockovich

"[A] powerful firsthand account . . . Hanna-Attisha's empathy for her patients and the people of Flint comes through, as do her pride in her Iraqi roots and her persistent optimism. . . . An inspiring work."--Publishers Weekly

"Beautifully written, What the Eyes Don't See captures all that is wrong and right in America at this moment. This child of Iraqi immigrants is a true American hero, who told truth to power and galvanized a nation. Everyone who cares about the past and the future of the United States has to read her amazing, heartwarming, and inspiring story."--Gerald Markowitz, co-author of Lead Wars

"Mona Hanna-Attisha details her extraordinary effort to document and publicize the tragedy of the lead-poisoned kids she found in her clinics every day, woven together with her personal journey as a young physician serving a population of underserved and underrepresented citizens in Flint. This elegant volume brings home what is best in public health--and what is worst in public policy. This book should be read by every citizen."--David Rosner, co-author of The Concussion Crisis




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Publisher One World
Publish date 06/19/2018
Pages 384
ISBN-13 9780399590832
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