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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York - Deborah Blum 9-14-11 This book is fascinating! (on Disc 2 of 8)

9-15-11 Generally I am not known as a fan of nonfiction. I make myself read nonfiction because...it's good for me? :-) This is one of those books that I intended to read (listen to) a disc a day. Oh WELL...this is a really good book and I finished it within 36 hours.

Particularly ... affirming ... for me, sort of, is the clarity that U.S. business corruption is age-old as is political corruption. I honestly didn't want to know that so explicitly. I am a huge fan of the movie The Untouchables (Kevin Costner, Sean Connery). This book "informs" that movie. I shall continue to love the movie but am appalled that the U.S. government intentionally poisoned bootleg alcohol during prohibition. Damned reactionary people--then and now (can we say "Tea Party"?).

I heartily recommend this book. The scientists are just inspiring/the villains nicely wicked. The science is educational; the context is fascinating (see above...this book is...).