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McLibel: Burger Culture on Trial Paperback – 7 Nov 1997

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330352377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330352376
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 810,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating case study for why Americans hold the Bill of Rights so dear, and a rollicking good read. Vidal brings this tale of free speech, corporate responsibly, and how they collide to life." —Nadine Strossen, national president of the American Civil Liberties Union and professor of law at New York Law School
"McCensorship is hitting America. 'Shut up and eat.' Or read this brave book and fight for free speech and safe food." —John Stauber, editor of "PR Watch" and co-author of "Mad Cow U.S.A." and "Toxic Sludge Is Good for You"
"In America, public criticism of a public institution is part of the right of free speech. . . . The McLibel case shows [British] civil law working at its expensive worst--a ponderous and leisurely sledgehammer that has been trundled out to crack a nut." —John Mortimer, "Sunday Times"(UK)
"Entertaining and informative." —"The Guardian"
"An excellent history of McDonalds [that] . . . more than showing the archaic and baffling nature of British libel laws, ties in the global corporate culture in which McDonalds is a major player." —"Tribune" (UK)
"In my dreams, "McLibel" will be a comic musical, with ba-boom! noises when the McLibel Two trick an opposition expert medical witness into agreeing with a passage of the alleged libel, a lawyers' can-can led by Ronald McDonald, a soprano vegetarian emoting about the evils of indoctrinating the young while letting slip that she has personally lectured 30,000 schoolchildren on vegetarianism. . . . [But] even told seriously, the story compels." —Libby Purves, "The Times" (UK)
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McLibel is the unlikely but true story of how a pamphlet called "What's Wrong with McDonald's?" led to the longest trial in British history. In what has become front-page news around the globe, the trial pitted the multi-billion-dollar corporation against five members of London Greenpeace accused by McDonald's of libel. Three activists capitulated and apologized; two persevered. McLibel tells the story of the "McLibel Two" and the two-and-a-half-year trial in which the jeans-clad and impoverished defendants represented themselves against the best powdered-wig lawyers McDonald's could buy. Does the fast-food chain exploit children? Depress wages? Level South and Central American rain forests? Subject its cattle and chicken to mass slaughters? A final chapter explores these allegations and details the $98,000 verdict against the activists Morris and Steel, which is widely viewed as a moral victory for the defendants and a public relations fiasco for McDonald's. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is the story of David Morris and Karen Steel, defendants in the longest libel trial in British History. Guardian journalist John Vidal is obviously and rightly sympathetic to the McLibel 2 as he documents their Trial. His wry sense of humour, sharp observations and ability to cut through the legal b-ll sh-t to the issues make it a readable and important book.

McDonalds dont come across well - they smear, snoop and spy on Morris and Steel. Their libel action nothing more than an attempt to make an example of the pair to discourage any others. Their tenacious acceptance of the gauntlet thrown down by McDonalds ought to be an example to us all.

Vidal also includes a prescient chapter (written in 1997) looking at the forces of globalism and the resistance to it. He is a writer on top of his subject. Steel and Morris write a few pages on their experience. McDonalds, despite an invite to contribute, keep schtum. I suppose this is considered an old story now , but one that is definetely still relevant and Vidals book is well worth getting hold of.

One point - make sure you get the edition with the final judgement in it as some editions don't get that far.
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McLibel: Burger Culture on Trial
Well-written book which keeps you reading by inclusion of the additions about the difficulties faced by Helen Steel and David Morris when trying to organise their lives around their trial... it was almost impossible. The first major setback was when they were denied a jury. Lord Devlin famously said that a jury is 'the lamp that shows that freedom lives.'
McLibel is a must-read for anyone who cares about the diet of our children, the devastation of the rainforests, chemicals in farming, or JUSTICE. To discover more about how you can help today, go to the websight McSpotlight.org where you can see the whole story... but that doesn't compare to being able to dip into this wonderful book. George and the Dragon was nothing in comparison to this battle between two penniless, passionate campaigners and the McDonald Leviathan.
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a good summary of what a litigant can expect from a corrupt organisation
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This book is a real insight into the way the 'mind' of large corporations works. Although the information can be quite dry at times, I'm sure anyone not familiar with the McLibel case will be astonished by what went on. Thoroughly recommended !
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Detailed look at the trial which left McDonald's with egg on their faces and a rather large legal bill - all to suppress a group of far-left ecocentrics. You will never look at a McChiken Sandwich in quite the same light.
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