Reviews

Praise for DEADLY SPIN

“A gripping indictment.”—Kate Pickert, Time

“You’re the Daniel Ellsberg of corporate America. I mean, what that man did during Vietnam helped to end that war…. People should read this book. The whole book lays it right out there about how the health insurance companies had bamboozled this country and lied, just outright lied about things.”—Michael Moore to Wendell Potter on Countdown with Keith Olbermann

“To get the country back on track, Potter exhorts consumers to adopt a healthy dose of skepticism toward corporate doublespeak. That’s a sound prescription, one which no American can afford not to have filled.”—Joshua Kendall, The Boston Globe

“An illuminating, up-to-the-minute testimonial sure to garner widespread attention and controversy.”Kirkus Reviews

“Potter engagingly weaves together industry secrets with his own moral struggle and transformation into a whistleblower who tried to beat back the spin that nearly killed Obamacare.”—Emily Loftis, Mother Jones

“This book is more than just one PR man’s tell-all book about the insurance industry. It’s a wake-up call.”— Gary Weiss, Portfolio

“[Potter] trenchantly critiques the failure of America’s for-profit health-insurance system…. [and his] street cred and deep knowledge of the industry make his indictment unusually vivid and compelling.”Publishers Weekly

Deadly Spin is a must-read for all who want to learn more about what [the health reform law] is and what it is not. It is a handbook for social change, and the backstory is how effective messaging can result in social change.”—John Presta, New York Journal of Books

“[Potter] ridicules the notion that America’s free-market system can provide actual health care within a for-profit structure… This whistle-blower perspective will heighten discussion and debate on the vital topic of health care in America.”Booklist

“Wendell Potter is a straight shooter—and he hits the bulls-eye here with an expose of corporate power that reveals why real health care reform didn’t happen, can’t happen, and won’t happen until that power is contained.”—Bill Moyers

“The recently passed health care bill did many good things, including make health insurance available to more Americans and restrain some of the most egregious practices of the health insurance industry. It also forced more people to become customers of that industry. What the bill did not do is reform the health care system. Wendell Potter explains why not, and what went wrong.”—Howard Dean

“Wendell Potter transformed the national debate over health care when he stood up and told the truth about the health insurance industry. By breaking the insurance industry’s code of silence and explaining to his fellow Americans how health insurance companies put profits ahead of patient care, Wendell showed extraordinary courage. The compelling story of Wendell’s conversion from a health care executive to an outspoken reform advocate is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the American health care system.”—Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia

Deadly Spin makes clear what reporters were—and are—up against as they try, and often fail, to make the complex pros and cons of health care reform clear to citizens, as big-money players misdirect and obfuscate. More important, it illuminates what citizens are upagainst as they try to figure it out.”—Mike Hoyt, Executive Editor, Columbia Journalism Review


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