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20/20: 20 Great Lists by 20 Outstanding Business Thinkers by Diana Renner, Steven D’Souza

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5.WILFUL BLINDNESS

“Many fail to grasp what they have seen, and cannot judge what they have learned, although they tell themselves they know.”

Heraclitus

Libby is a charming town in a northwest corner of Montana, near the border with Canada. The community of 2,600 sits in the narrow Kootenai River valley carved by glaciers and surrounded by forested mountains. If you passed through Libby your first impressions would be of quaint cafes, old-world shops and “I love Libby” signs at every corner. It is a typical US country town, but there is nothing typical about Libby. Among the breath-taking scenery and quiet streets, a tragedy has been slowly unfolding.

For more than 50 years, the community of Libby has been battling with an epidemic of asbestosis ...

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