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.
“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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