Andy McPhee
Most Recent Book Title
Donora Death Fog: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town
Book Description
Donora Death Fog tells the story of a deadly six-day smog in a steel and zinc mill town in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1948 that killed 21 people and led directly to the nation's first clean air act. The book details the very human story behind this ecological disaster: how wealthy industrialists built the mills to supply an ever-growing America; how the town’s residents—millworkers and their families—willfully ignored the danger of the mills’ emissions; and how the gradual closing of the mills over the years following the tragedy took its toll on the town.
Location (city/state/country)
Doylestown, PA, USA
Author bio
A former registered nurse, Mr. McPhee practiced and taught nursing for more than 20 years. He worked in the publishing field for more than 30 years, starting as a writer and editor at Weekly Reader’s mid-level science magazine and finishing as a healthcare textbook publisher for a major publishing house in Philadelphia. He has written four nonfiction books for young adults, written or edited more than 750 health, life, and earth science articles, and managed the publication from beginning to end of dozens of healthcare textbooks and reference books. He is a Consultant and Fellow of the National Writing Project and has earned two Feature Writing awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, now a division of the American Association of Publishers.
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If you're going to do something, do it right.

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