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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2015

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Blood and Earth
Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World
By (author): Kevin Bales
9780812995763 Hardcover English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery Jan 19, 2016
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.4 x 9.5 x 0.9 in 304 pages 3 BLACK-&-WHITE PHOTOS Spiegel & Grau
Driven by dramatic first-person reporting, this is a powerful and beautifully written jeremiad that connects the dots between two of the great crises of our time—environmental destruction and human trafficking—and offers a new approach to resolving our biggest global problems.

Blood and Earth is a gripping account of the deadly link between slavery and environmental destruction. Kevin Bales is a social scientist, human rights activist, and journalist—and he’s also one of the world’s leading experts on modern slavery. In his work he began to notice the connection between environmental decline and slavery: the two almost always went hand-in-hand, whether in the hellish gold mines of Ghana or the miraculously beautiful mangrove forests of Bangladesh. But why? He set off to find the answer on a fascinating and moving journey that took him into the lives of modern day slaves and along a supply chain that leads directly to the cell phones in our pockets. He found solutions that redeemed both the lives of the slaves in the world’s most threatened places and the environments they live in. This is a clear-eyed, inspiring, and profoundly hopeful book that brings us dramatic stories from the world’s environmental and human rights hotspots and offers solutions to our most pressing crises.

WORLD’S LEADING AUTHORITY, MAJOR NEW DISCOVERY: Kevin Bales’s bestselling academic works have been translated into 10 languages. This new book is the culimination of a life of pioneering research—the link between slavery and ecological destruction is a breakthrough concept that unites two of our great global crises and suggests exciting solutions that address both. Bales makes the connection vivid and convincing.

DRIVEN BY GRIPPING AND REVELATORY NARRATIVES: The author takes readers around the globe and with clarity, sympathy, and urgency tells the stories of the people whose lives fall at the interesection of human trafficking and environmental destruction. The narratives are revelatory—readers will never look at their cell phones, gold rings, or shrimp tacos the same again.

TWO MAJOR MOVEMENTS: The movement against human trafficking is growing and crosses ideological and cultural lines, from evangelical church groups to secular philanthropists to student volunteers. The environmental movement is also large and hungry for new approaches.

FOR READERS OF POWERFULLY WRITTEN, CRUSADING NONFICTION NARRATIVES that take them into the world’s forgotten corners—like Katherine Boo’s Beyond the Beautiful Forevers or Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains—and readers of Bill McKibben, Mike Davis and Naomi Klein, whose heady bestsellers reexamine globalization through the lens of social and environmental justice.

KEVIN BALES is the co-founder and past president of Free the Slaves, the largest abolitionist organization in the world. He has also served as a Trustee of Anti-Slavery International and as a consultant to the United Nations Global Program on Trafficking of Human Beings. He has advised governments around the world on slavery and human trafficking. In 2008, Utne Reader named him one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” He has spoken about the subject around the world, includnig an address to the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is the author of numerous reports, monographs, and scholarly books on modern slavery, including the acclaimed Disposable People.

Author Residence: Brighton, England

Author Hometown: Houston, Texas

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“A heart-wrenching narrative…Weaving together interviews, history, and statistics, the author shines a light on how the poverty, chaos, wars, and government corruption create the perfect storm where slavery flourishes and environmental destruction follows…. A clear-eyed account of man’s inhumanity to man and Earth. Read it to get informed, and then take action.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[An] exposé of the global economy’s ‘deadly dance’ between slavery and environmental disaster…Based on extensive travels through eastern Congo’s mineral mines, Bangladeshi fisheries, Ghanian gold mines, and Brazilian forests, [Kevin] Bales reveals the appalling truth in graphic detail…. Readers will be deeply disturbed to learn how the links connecting slavery, environmental issues, and modern convenience are forged.”Publishers Weekly
“This well-researched and vivid book studies the connection between slavery and environmental destruction, and what it will take to end both.”Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“This is a remarkable book, demonstrating once more the deep links between the ongoing degradation of the planet and the ongoing degradation of its most vulnerable people. It’s a bracing reminder that a mentality that allows throwaway people also allows a throwaway earth.”—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

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