“Stirring . . . [a] blueprint for all those who believe . . . that ‘the world . . . should be full of people raising their voices.’”—The New York Times
“Revealing, with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller.” —O: The Oprah Magazine
Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.
What the Eyes Don’t See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.
Praise for What the Eyes Don’t See
“It is one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero.”—Erin Brockovich
“A clarion call to live a life of purpose.”—The Washington Post
“Gripping . . . entertaining . . . Her book has power precisely because she takes the events she recounts so personally. . . . Moral outrage present on every page.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Personal and emotional. . . She vividly describes the effects of lead poisoning on her young patients. . . . She is at her best when recounting the detective work she undertook after a tip-off about lead levels from a friend. . . . ‛Flint will not be defined by this crisis,’ vows Ms. Hanna-Attisha.”—The Economist
“Flint is a public health disaster. But it was Dr. Mona, this caring, tough pediatrican turned detective, who cracked the case.”—Rachel Maddow
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Table of Contents
Prologue: How I Got My Name 3
Chapter 1 What the Eyes Don't See 16
Chapter 2 The Barbecue 32
Chapter 3 The Valedictorian 38
Chapter 4 Haji 48
Chapter 5 Red Flags 53
Chapter 6 First Encounter 69
Chapter 7 Miasma 83
Chapter 8 No Response 100
Chapter 9 Sit Down 115
Chapter 10 Jenny + the Data 131
Chapter 11 Public Health Enemy # 1 145
Chapter 12 What Field Are You On? 161
Chapter 13 The Man in the Panda Tie 174
Chapter 14 Environmental Injustice 186
Chapter 15 Poisoned by Policy 198
Chapter 16 Shortwave Radio Crackling 209
Chapter 17 Meeting the Mayor 221
Chapter 18 Aeb 240
Chapter 19 The Press Conference 250
Chapter 20 Splice and Dice 259
Chapter 21 Numbers War 265
Chapter 22 Demonstration of Proof 276
Chapter 23 All the Things We Found Out Later 284
Chapter 24 Fire Ant 293
Chapter 25 Truth and Reconciliation 304
Chapter 26 Prescription for Hope 321
Epilogue: Haji and the Birds 326
Further Reading 335
Image Credits 365