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Falling off the Edge [Kindle Edition]

Alex Perry
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If the world is flat, as Thomas Friedman says, then aren't some people going to be falling off the edge? Award-winning Time Magazine correspondent Alex Perry (China, India, and Africa) takes us on an unforgettable journey to some of the planet's most remote and dangerous places to explore the sharp end of globalization. Combining sharp analysis with breathtaking frontline reporting, Perry's quest takes readers from Maoist rebels in Nepal to Indian suicide bombers and Indonesian pirates. We meet Chinese organ harvesters, Bombay billionaires, killer cops and pygmy Africans living on a remote island in the Indian Ocean. And in a riveting introduction, Perry presents us with some of the finest war reporting ever to come out of the war on terror. The result of this extraordinary journey is as unexpected as it is dramatic. In his quest to uncover the edges of globalization, Perry ends up discovering its dark heart.



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  • File Size: 1424 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press (July 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V8B5WK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sort Of Fell Off The Edge May 3, 2013
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This book was not at all what I was expecting, which always makes it somewhat tough to write a review. I ranked it relatively low, simply because of what seemed like a disconnect between the title/description and the content.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* Alex Perry is an observant type of guy, has traveled to some unusual places, and writes well. He has a talent for relating what is happening on a Chinese street corner, a South Pacific jungle and a conference room in Asia. He captures the people involved, an the politics and financial motivations behind the events.

* The stories were well-chosen and represented an interesting mix of situations. For example, he describes the life of a factory worker in Szenzhen, home of numerous sweat-shops. Without getting overly dramatic, he describes the working conditions, pay rate, and difficulties the workers faced and the protest reactions that followed. I have spent quite a bit of time in this part of the world, and the narrative certainly rang true.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===

* While the title says "Globalization", that is not really the theme of the book. A more accurate description might be "progress". Most of the stories are centered around how civilization has advanced, and the consequences of this. I had expected more of a global take on matters- how has increased trade changed people's lives, what are the consequences of increased specialization. None of that was on the agenda, and that is my major disappointment with the book.

=== Summary ===

I ended up reading the first one-hundred pages or so, and then skimming through the rest of the book. I am a news junkie, and read a lot of current events materials, so much of the material was a repeat to me.
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