By Mike Magner
While the large undesirable company has frequently been the criminal in lots of of the world’s maximum environmental mess ups, relating to the mass poisoning at Camp Lejeune the offender is a respected establishment: the USA Marine Corps. for 2 many years now, revelations have progressively emerged approximately pervasive illness, linked clusters of ailment and loss of life 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 facts, and smoldering experience of betrayal between these whose motto is timeless constancy. He additionally increases far-reaching and ominous questions about frequent illness on US army bases all over the world.
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