By Mike Magner
While the massive undesirable company has usually been the criminal in lots of of the world’s maximum environmental mess ups, when it comes to the mass poisoning at Camp Lejeune the perpetrator is a respected establishment: the USA Marine Corps. for 2 a long time now, revelations have gradually emerged approximately pervasive illness, linked clusters of disorder and demise one of the Marine households stationed there, and army stonewalling and failure to behave. Mike Magner’s chilling research creates a suspenseful narrative from the person tales, medical proof, and smoldering experience of betrayal between these whose motto is timeless constancy. He additionally increases far-reaching and ominous questions about common illness on US army bases around the globe.
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