Vanessa V. Friedman
March 13, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Cornered: Big Tobacco at the Bar of Justice

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Peter Pringle
genre
Politics and Current Events

We gave it a B

Cornered: Big Tobacco at the Bar of Justice, by rights, should have been a great thriller: a tale of good and evil, with whistle-blowers, anonymous threats, boxes hidden in basements, devilish executives, and crusading lawyers. Unfortunately, even the most dramatic moments of the battle are colorless in this encyclopedic but ultimately plodding history. Pringle’s work is so jam-packed with people, places, and petitions, it’s almost impossible to keep them straight. This wouldn’t be a problem if the actors were rendered in vivid enough prose to stand out from the pack. Ultimately, reading the book is about as satisfying as puffing a nicotine-free cigarette — all the fun has been leached out. B

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