Lead Wars by David Rossner and Gerald Markowitz , Lucifer Curves by Rick Nevin, and Toxic Truth by Lydia Denworth Decades after its removal from paint and gasoline, lead is still used in a variety of industries and persists in paint dust in older buildings, particles in the soil near roadways, and water pipes. These three books relate the discovery of neurological impacts of lead poisoning, even at low levels. Although the eventual acceptance of the disastrous effect on children, especially in dilapidated housing and near highways, led to the banning of lead in some products, almost nothing has been done to clean up the lead that is out there. Question: Why? All three of these are worthy reads. Markowitz, Rossner, and Nevin focus on their own direct involvement in some aspects. Denworth gives a broader overview, recounting the story through the careers of Clair Patterson and Herb Needleman. If pressed, it's her account I would most highly recommend. It's a pageturner. A fourth book, Brush with Death by Christian Warren, also looks promising but I have yet to read it. I'm surprised there are so few books about lead, given it's known effects on children. Nevin goes so far to argue that what IQ tests measure is not some inherent intellectual ability, but rather the extent to which the subject has been exposed to lead! Will we ever know the full impact of lead on public health, and therefore modern history?