The Dioxin War

The Dioxin War: Truth and Lies about a Perfect Poison


This is a book about Dioxin, one of the most poisonous chemicals known to humanity.

It was the toxic component of Agent Orange, used by the US military to defoliate huge tracts of Vietnam during the war in the 60s and 70s. It can be found in pesticides, plastics, solvents, detergents and cosmetics. 

Dioxin has been revealed as a human carcinogen, and has been associated with heart disease, liver damage, hormonal disruption, reproductive disorders, developmental destruction and neurological impairment.

The Dioxin War is the story of the people who fought to reveal the truth about dioxin. Huge multinationals Dow and Monsanto both manufactured Agent Orange. Robert Allen reveals the attempts by the chemical industry, in collusion with regulatory and health authorities, to cover up the true impact of dioxin on human health. He tells the remarkable story of how a small, dedicated group of people managed to bring the truth about dioxin into the public domain and into the courts – and win.

By Robert Allen. / Book Review

Pluto Press (UK) October 2004 Pages: 201

ISBN: 0745322123

Editorial Reviews


This book reads like a detective story, but it is an uncomfortable lecture, sometimes perhaps a little too detailed, but a story that has to be told — John Green, Morning Star [Robert Allen] employs his investigative and journalistic skills to good advantage in a well-documented indictment of the chemical companies – and top government and military officials – who ‘deliberately kept secret’ what they knew about a compound now acknowledged to be an insidious carcinogen. … The Dioxin War is an exquisitely and convincingly footnoted expose of the oocorporate greed and malfeasance that unleashed dioxin on an unsuspecting world om the boom years following the Second World War. — Vietnam Veterans of America –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Robert Allen is a sub-editor at The Sunday Times. He is also part of an eco-social group, An Talamh Glas, which publishes, featuring media activists from across the world.

Gary Green

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