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Industrial-Strength Denial


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Introduction: A Dangerous Phenomenon

1. A "More Pleasing Representation": The Alternate
Reality Crafted by the Slave Lobby
2. "A Wonderful Stimulant": Radium, Risk, and
3. "The Nut behind the Wheel": Carmakers Avoiding
Blame for Highway Deaths
4. "How Wrong One Can Be": Bias, Tribalism, and
Leaded Gasoline
5. "Our Free Enterprise System Is at Stake": CFCs,
Ideology, and Manipulated Uncertainty
6. "Psychological Crutches": Tobacco's Mass Production
of Denial
7. "Bottom Line. Nothing Else Matters": The Financial
Crisis and a Culture of Exploitation
8. A "Deceitful, Hysterical, Out-of-Control Rampage":
Fossil Fuels, Climate Denial, and Distrust Building

Conclusion: Shifting the Social Norm toward
the Public Interest

Major Works Cited in Notes

About the Author

Barbara Freese is the author of Coal: A Human History, a New York Times Notable Book. She is an environmental attorney and a former Minnesota assistant attorney general. Her interest in corporate denial was sparked by cross-examining coal industry witnesses disputing the science of climate change. She lives in St. Paul.

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