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    Union Carbide was a huge, well-intentioned American chemical corporation that developed a miracle pesticide that had the potential to eliminate world famine. India was in great need of increasing its food production for an often hungry population, and this new pesticide seemed to be the answer to their dreams. In the Indian city of Bhopal, Union Carbide built a giant plant to process MIC and was welcomed as a savior by the Indian people.
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    But at five past midnight on December 3, 1984, toxic gas leaked from the Carbide plant into the night air and was blown into the heavily populated city with the poorest people taking the brunt of it. By dawn, over half-million Bhopalis would be poisoned, and as many as thirty thousand would die.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   20th century History of disaster/tragedy?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   India

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   Indian Indian Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   8 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   6 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   frustrated How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on the people/nation level How much romance?    -   1 () Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Length of book    -   350-400 pages

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