The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Written by Deborah Blum
Read by Kristen Potter, with the recording produced by Penguin Audio
Reviewed by Ryan Paul Winn
Celebrated as âthe Father of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,â Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley documented the effects preservatives had on the Gilded Ageâs food supply. Deborah Blum recounts how the Department of Agricultureâs chief chemist battled to gain Americans better control over food safety. Reader Kristen Potter lends levity to scientific material and anecdotal asides, acquainting modern dietary purists with their unflappable patron saint.
Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic whoâs rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.