Independent Journalist Sonia Shah Launches New Website on Science and Politics

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http://www.soniashah.com features weekly commentary, as well as a wealth of exclusive extracts, articles, book reviews, and event information on the intersections between science and politics.

Today, independent investigative journalist Sonia Shah, the author of “The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients and Crude: The Story of Oil,” launched http://www.soniashah.com, featuring weekly commentary, as well as a wealth of exclusive extracts, articles, book reviews, and event information on the intersections between science and politics.

“Challenges that we face today, from peak oil to pandemic flu and climate change demand popular attention to science as never before,” explains Sonia Shah. “But while politics and policy depend on science,” she says, “science is political, too.”

The new website, http://www.soniashah.com, will help unravel the connections, with news, commentary, and exclusive extracts from Shah’s forthcoming books on science and politics, including the fully updated and revised paperback edition of her critically acclaimed 2004 book, “Crude: The Story of Oil” scheduled for publication in May 2006.

“Crude” tracks how the West developed its addiction to oil. “Shah has written a brilliant book,” wrote one reviewer in “The Guardian” newspaper. “This is not a Michael Moore-style anti-corporate rant—Shah writes beautifully, with dispassionate, elegant clarity—and it is all the more powerful for it.”

Also on tap is provocative material from “The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients,” forthcoming from The New Press in July 2006. Based on several years of original reportage from South Africa and India, The Body Hunters powerfully exposes the exploitation of developing countries by the multinational pharmaceutical industry.

A 2005-2006 writing fellow of The Nation Institute and the Puffin Foundation, Shah’s articles have appeared in “The Nation,” “The Ecologist,” “Orion,” “Salon,” “Playboy” and elsewhere, and have been widely anthologized. She is currently at work on a book about the politics of malaria, an ancient scourge that is expected to be the world’s deadliest contagion by the end of this century. She lives in Boston with her family.

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