FIR Book Reviews editor Bob LeDrew reviews Deadly Spin by former CIGNA PR executive Wendell Potter.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, Potter exposes the PR pro’s propaganda tricks – fake grass-roots organizations, bogus scientific studies – and recounts his shame-faced repentance." But he also trenchantly critiques the failure of America’s for-profit health-insurance system: the underhanded methods insurers use to "dump the sick"; the skyrocketing premiums and deductibles that put health care beyond the reach of millions; the "obscene salaries executives rake in while denying benefits to patients."
Get this podcast:
- Download the MP3 file (6.57Mb, 16:20)
- Subscribe to the FIR Reviews RSS feed
- Get the show at iTunes
- Get the FIR app for your iPhone
Deadly Spin by Wendell Potter
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
Hardcover: 288 pages
Published November 2010
Share your comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for future shows, in the FIR FriendFeed Room. You can also email us at [email protected]; call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America), +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments; comment at Twitter: twitter.com/FIR. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.
This FIR Book Review is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.
(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)