Winner of 2018 Great Lakes Great Read Non-Fiction Award


Amid the crisis that unfolded after the water switch, heroes emerged. WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE is a thoughtful, at times blistering meditation…weaving her own family story through the book…Hanna-Attisha sheds new light.
— Chicago Tribune
In her gripping memoir…She is disarmingly modest about her role…Hanna-Attisha is a chatty and entertaining narrator…Her book has power precisely because she takes the events she recounts so personally…A great virtue of her book is the moral outrage present on every page.
— The New York Times Book Review
Personal and emotional, she vividly describes the effects of lead-poisoning on her young patients…She is at her best when recounting the detective work she undertook after a tip-off about lead levels from a friend…‛Flint will not be defined by crisis,’ vows Ms Hanna-Attisha.
— The Economist
A stirring and personal account…For all her doggedness, Hanna-Attisha is a goofy, appealing, very human narrator…Hers is the book I’d recommend to those coming to the issue for the first time; the crisis becomes personalized through the stories of her patients and their parents.
— Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
Mona Hanna-Attisha’s account of that urban man-made disaster reads both as a detective story and as an exposé of government corruption… Her book’s message is that we each have the power to fix things, to make the world safer by opening one another’s eyes to problems. Her book reinforced my belief that the first step to becoming a citizen activist is seeing the world as it should be, not as it is given to you.
— The Seattle Times
Essential for all readers who care about children, health, and the environment. This should be required reading for public servants as an incisive cautionary tale, and for pediatricians and youth advocates as a story of heroism in the ranks of people who have the capacity to make a difference.
— Library Journal (Starred Review)
The Iraqi American pediatrician who helped expose the Flint water crisis lays bare the bureaucratic bunk and flat-out injustice at the heart of the environmental disgrace—revealing, with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller, “the story of a government poisoning its own citizens, and then lying about it.
— O Mag, Summer Book Guide
She is an unlikely hero–a pediatrician who went up against the forces responsible for poisoning an American city, my hometown of Flint, Michigan. Yet because of her gentle but unrelenting perseverance, she brought the world’s attention to this crime. A story of race, greed and a crumbling democracy. What the Eyes Don’t See is a brilliantly written book — may it help save every Flint in this country.
— Michael Moore
Flint is a public health disaster. But it was Dr. Mona, this caring, tough pediatrician turned detective, who cracked the case.
— Rachel Maddow
It’s one thing to point out a problem. It is another thing altogether to step up and work to fix it. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a true American hero.
— Erin Brockovich
Beautifully written, What the Eyes Don’t See captures all that is wrong and right in America at this moment. This child of Iraqi immigrants is a true American hero, who told truth to power and galvanized a nation. Everyone who cares about the past and the future of the United States has to read Hanna-Attisha’s amazing, heartwarming, and inspiring story.
— Gerald Markowitz, co-author of Lead Wars
Hannah-Attisha infuses her story with context from her own family history … Told with passion and intelligence, What the Eyes Don’t See is an essential text for understanding the full scope of injustice in Flint and the importance of fighting for what’s right.
— Booklist, starred review
[A] powerful firsthand account . . .

Hanna-Attisha’s empathy for her patients and the people of Flint comes through, as do her pride in her Iraqi roots and her persistent optimism. An inspiring work.
— Publishers Weekly