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Scared to Death


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Introduction; Part One: The Food Scares; Prologue; 1. Countdown to an Explosion: How Scares Became A Disaster Waiting To Happen, 1981-8; 2. 'Killer Eggs': The Great Salmonella Scare 1988-9; 3. Enter the Hygiene Police: Paying The Price 1990-4; 4. 'Listeria Hysteria': The Lanark Blue Case 1995; 5. Mad Cows and Madder Politicians: The BSE/CJD Scare 1996-9; 6. Officials Can Kill: Meat, Cheese and E coli 1998; 7. The GBP 1 Billion Blunder: The Belgian Dioxins Debacle 1999; Epilogue to Part One: The Rise of the 'Health and Safety Culture'.; Part Two: The General Scares; Prologue to Part Two: The Millennium Bug.; 8. Sledgehammers To Miss Nuts: A Wider Look At The Scare phenomenon (DDT, Nitrate, Vitamin B6, Cockles).; 9. The Modern Witch Craze: Ritualised Child Abuse; 10. 'Speed Kills: A Safety Scare That Cost Lives.; 11. 'We Love Unleaded': How Confusion Over Lead Cost Billions; 12. Smoke and Mirrors: How They Turned 'Passive Smoking' Into A Killer; 13. 'One Fibre Can Kill': The Great Asbestos Scam.; 14. 'Saving The Planet': The New Secular Religion; 15. 'Licensed To Kill': The Scare That Never Was; Epilogue: A New Age of Superstition.

About the Author

Christopher Booker was one of the founders of Private Eye and its first editor. He has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph and has published several books. Richard North is a political analyst and was formerly a consultant on public health and food safety. He has co-authored several books with Christopher Booker.


"'A very news-worthy subject, with Booker and North providing some much-needed common sense commentary.' Publishing News"

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