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Falling off the Edge: Travels Through the Dark Heart of Globalization Kindle Edition

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Length: 352 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Alex Perry is Time's Africa Bureau Chief, based in Cape Town. From 2002 to 2006, he was South Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi, and covering locations from Afghanistan to Burma. He has won several journalism awards, and his report from the battle at Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan was featured in The Best American Magazine Writing 2002. In 2004, an article on Nepal's civil war was runner-up in the South Asia Journalism Association's Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Story. Perry has also contributed to several other award-winning TIME articles. He is married with two daughters and lives with his family in Cape Town.

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  • File Size: 4195 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (July 7, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V8B5WK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Well written, wry, humorous, and informaitonal. Get it. Read it.
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By David Gratson on October 24, 2015
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Good book, a little dated but good overview of present events
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