• There Are No Accidents

  • The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster - Who Profits and Who Pays the Price
  • By: Jessie Singer
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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A journalist recounts the surprising history of accidents and reveals how they’ve come to define all that’s wrong with America.

We hear it all the time: “Sorry, it was just an accident.” And we’ve been deeply conditioned to just accept that explanation and move on. But as Jessie Singer argues convincingly: There are no such things as accidents. The vast majority of mishaps are not random but predictable and preventable. Singer uncovers just how the term accident itself protects those in power and leaves the most vulnerable in harm’s way, preventing investigations, pushing off debts, blaming the victims, diluting anger, and even sparking empathy for the perpetrators.

As the rate of accidental death skyrockets in America, the poor and people of color end up bearing the brunt of the violence and blame, while the powerful use the excuse of the “accident” to avoid consequences for their actions. Born of the death of her best friend, and the killer who insisted it was an accident, this book is a moving investigation of the sort of tragedies that are all too common, and all too commonly ignored.

In this revelatory book, Singer tracks accidental death in America from turn of the century factories and coal mines to today’s urban highways, rural hospitals, and Superfund sites. Drawing connections between traffic accidents, accidental opioid overdoses, and accidental oil spills, Singer proves that what we call accidents are hardly random. Rather, who lives and dies by an accident in America is defined by money and power. She also presents a variety of actions we can take as individuals and as a society to stem the tide of “accidents” - saving lives and holding the guilty to account.

©2022 Jessie Singer. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Should Be Required Reading

A very eye-opening book, and one that could be very important in teaching the power of empathy. Great writing, great narration, easy to follow. Please give this one a listen!

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Valid concerns and eye opening information, but...

In my opinion, the author's apparent bias, seeps too much into the narrative. Some of the data presented, even if accepted at face value, was hard to connect to the point being made. This caused me to have less confidence in what I was hearing.

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This is a phenomenal book

This is a phenomenal book. The information in it comes from at least 30 different areas, thankfully all of which I know about. As a human fact is practitioner I truly admit she did hit the nail on the mark. In my arena we don’t believe in human era, we only believe in design error. There are no accidents because if we do it correctly there will be no accidents!

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Transformative

I’m an advocate for traffic safety by vocation and passion and this is the book i’ve been waiting for my entire life. its the perfect expression of why we’re stuck tolerating the intolerable.

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  • AG
  • 04-28-22

You will never hear the word "accident" the same

In this eye-opening book, Jessie Singer makes a thoroughly researched and compellingly argued case for looking beyond the inevitable human errors on the surface of every accident. The phrase "it was an accident" is revealed to be a code for "let's not look at the conditions that helped cause this." Singer's analysis is surprisingly intersectional, showing how risks of accidental death and injury fall shockingly unevenly on groups marginalized by racism, sexism, and stigma, and she convincingly demonstrates how those in power benefit from---and willfully perpetuate---unsafe conditions.

This is a fantastic book for learning how to think in systems, and unlike many political books it is refreshingly solutions-oriented. I can't recommend it enough.

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Dichotomy shifting

Completely changed my views and vocabulary about death and injuries caused by poorly defined systems. A must read for anyone interested in urbanism, sustainability, and human rights.

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  • 04-08-22

excellent

everyone should read or listen to this book, and think deeply about what it says about us

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Important Topic

This book opened my eyes on how one important corner of our society works and how we are conditioned to look at certain events in a particular way. It shows how America puts profit and politics over safety and human lives. The real tragedy is that many in our nation are well aware of our destructive imperfections and yet won’t lift a finger to change things for the better.

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Crash not accident

Totally agree with the premise that there are no accidents. Frustrating that Ms Singer chose to continue using the A word instead of modeling alternatives through the book. That aside, this is a brilliant and carefully documented work. Thank you!

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  • 04-14-22

Great listening for Safety Professionals

From the perspective of a safety professional, this is great listening, a reminder to look beyond blame & consider in the context of how the Buisiness you work in should be looking after people.

Think beyond admin controls, if it’s easy to get across the line is probably providing minimal additional protection.

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