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Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future is a book written by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber. [1] [2] [3] It is published by Jeremy P. Tarcher Inc. of the Penguin Group. The book focuses on the role experts hired by public relations firms play in quieting public fear with inaccurate or incomplete information when dangerous toxins from industrial processes are released into the environment. [4] [5]

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An April 2001, Village Voice's review of the book says the book is "exhaustively detailed", "calmly convincing", and "light on rhetoric", warning readers that the book may induce "paranoid fatalism" about corporate manipulations. [6] [7] Bill Moyers of PBS said "If you want to know how the world wags, and who's wagging it, here's your answer. Read, get mad, roll up your sleeves, and fight back. Rampton and Stauber have issued a wake-up call we can't ignore."

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  2. Jensen, Derrick (8 April 2001). "Would We Lie to You? (book review)". San Francisco Chronicle.
  3. Honan, Daniel (8 February 2001). "THE 'MEDIA SPINDUSTRIAL COMPLEX' HOW INDUSTRY BENDS, SHAPES NEWS AND PUBLIC OPINION (book review)". Hartford Courant. ProQuest   256403842.
  4. Rosenberg, Paul (4 February 2001). "All's safe in twists of public relations experts Authors decry manipulation to downplay dangers (book review)". Denver Post.
  5. Keaney, Patrick (5 March 2010). "Trust us, we're experts (opinion column)". National Post. ProQuest   330899300.
  6. http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0115/lee2.php village voice
  7. Chisun, Lee (7 April 2001). "The flack catchers (book review)". Village Voice. ProQuest   232233625.