Deborah Blum


The Poison Squad is the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change. Blum brings to life this timeless and hugely satisfying “David and Goliath” tale with righteous verve and style, driving home the moral imperative of confronting corporate greed and government corruption with a bracing clarity, which speaks resoundingly to the enormous social and political challenges we face today.


Deborah Blum is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for a series on primate research, which she turned into a book, The Monkey Wars. She is the director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT and editor of Undark magazine. Blum is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a lifetime associate of the National Academy of Sciences.