Please join the Newtown Bookshop as we welcome author, Donna Shaw to the shop on Friday, November 10th from 6:00-8:00pm. Donna will be featuring her book "Blood on Their Hands: How Greedy Companies, Inept Bureaucracy, and Bad Science Killed Thousands of Hemophiliacs.".
ABOUT THE BOOK
Within a few short years after HIV first entered the world blood supply in the late 1970s and early 1980s, more than half of the hemophiliacs in the United States, and thousands more overseas, were infected with the virus. But this was not an unforeseeable public health disaster. Doctors, government regulators, and Big Pharma all had a hand in this devastating epidemic.
"Blood on Their Hands is an inspiring, firsthand account of the legal battles fought on behalf of hemophiliacs and many others who were unwittingly infected with tainted blood. As part of the team behind the key class-action litigation filed by those infected, young New Jersey lawyer Eric Weinberg was faced with a daunting task: to prove the negligence of a powerful, well-connected global industry worth billions. Weinberg and journalist Donna Shaw tell the dramatic story of how idealistic attorneys and their heroic, mortally ill clients fought to achieve justice and prevent further infections. A stunning exposé of one of the American medical system’s most shameful debacles, Blood on Their Hands is a rousing reminder that, through perseverance, the victims of corporate greed can sometimes achieve victory.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Donna Shaw is a professor at The College of New Jersey, where she serves as chair of the Department of Journalism and Professional Writing. Before that, she spent most of her career as a journalist, for newspapers including The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she worked for 17 years and was nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize. She also worked at WebMD as an editor, where she developed a nationwide network of news bureaus and worked closely with other managers to help make WebMD the nation’s premiere website for health and wellness information. She has degrees in English and Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University, and a master’s degree from Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism. She also studied biotechnology as a journalism fellow at the University of Maryland’s Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, and at Virginia Commonwealth University. She and her husband have two children and live in Philadelphia.
“This book will make your blood boil at the inhumanity of people who knew they were killing patients by the thousands and kept right on, caring for themselves and their pocketbooks. Eric Weinberg and Donna Shaw tell a powerful human story that is hard to put down and will be even harder to forget." -- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author
"A well written, gripping and important book -- thorough and engaging. Weinberg and Shaw have crafted a valuable addition to the literature of the AIDS tragedy." -- Douglas Starr, author of Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce
“Weinberg, a member of the legal team behind a 1994 class action negligence lawsuit, lends astounding detail to the suffering of unwitting patients… The authors make a powerful and important case by unveiling the suffering that devastated families know ‘could have been entirely prevented.’” – Publishers Weekly
"An impressively informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking expose of one of the American medical system's most shameful debacles in living memory, "Blood on Their Hands: How Greedy Companies, Inept Bureaucracy, and Bad Science Killed Thousands of Hemophiliacs" is a vivid example that through perseverance and the American justice systems, the victims of pharmaceutical corporate greed, corrupt or incompetent politicians, uninformed and negligent physicians can achieve deserved recompense for themselves and those they love. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented study." -- Midwest Book Review
A few short years after HIV first entered the world blood supply in the late 1970s and early 1980s, over half the hemophiliacs in the United States were infected with the virus. But this was far more than just an unforeseeable public health disaster. Negligent doctors, government regulators, and Big Pharma all had a hand in this devastating epidemic.