- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (March 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743290089
- ISBN-13: 978-0743290081
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An impassioned exposé of a thriving slave economy in the world's poorest regions...An important, consciousness-raising book." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Rigorously investigated and fearlessly reported, A Crime So Monstrous is a passionate and thorough examination of the appalling reality of human bondage in today's world. In his devastating narrative, Ben Skinner boldly casts light on the unthinkable, yet thriving, modern-day practice of slavery, exposing a global trade in human lives. The abuses detailed in these pages are repugnant, but there is hope to be found: by giving voice to the victims, Skinner helps restore their dignity and makes crucial strides toward closing this shameful chapter in history." --Bill Clinton
"In his fierce, bold determination to see the lives of modern-day slaves up close, Benjamin Skinner reminds me of the British abolitionist of two hundred years ago, Zachary Macaulay, who once traveled on a slave ship across the Atlantic, taking notes. Skinner goes everywhere, from border crossings to brothels to bargaining sessions with dealers in human beings, to bring us this vivid, searing account of the wide network of human trafficking and servitude which spans today's globe." -- Adam Hochschild
"A great storyteller, Skinner brings the whole underworld of traffickers and their victims to life. At the same time, he shows how complex the phenomenon really is, and why the solutions of would-be abolitionists in this country have proven misguided or simply futile." -- Frances FitzGerald
"A Crime So Monstrous is a remarkably brave and unflinching piece of reportage and storytelling. E. Benjamin Skinner bears witness, sharing stories so unsettling, so neglected, so chilling they will leave you shaking with anger. This should be required reading for policy makers around the world -- and, for that matter, anyone concerned about the human condition." -- Alex Kotlowitz
"Ben Skinner does a great public service by exposing the massive scope of human trafficking in the world today. I appreciate his chapter on the heroic role Ambassador John Miller played in getting the U.S. government to stand against this evil." -- U.S. Senator John McCain
"This book exposes the horrors of modern-day slavery and human trafficking, demanding attention to an issue that has for too long hidden in the shadows. Skinner's narrative takes us many different places around the world, but can lead to only one conclusion: The U.S. must do more to end this suffering." -- U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
About the Author
E. Benjamin Skinner was born in Wisconsin and is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He has reported on a wide range of topics from Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East for such publications as Newsweek International, Travel + Leisure, and Foreign Affairs. He currently is a senior vice president for Tau Investment Management and lives in Manhattan. Crime So Monstrous is his first book.
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At times I couldn't put this book down; I found the chapters on Haiti's child slaves and involuntary prostitution in Eastern Europe particularly engrossing. However, other chapters like those that were more history-oriented detailing the US's in/action on the issues are incredibly fact heavy (names, dates, places), and because of that, were incredibly slow. As someone with little previous knowledge on the topic as a whole, I ended up skimming pages on, say, the history of the Sudan People's Liberation Army. To me, this heavily detracted from the more passionate chapters where Skinner describes his travels and encounters (which are impressive in number) with those enslaved around the world.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in an in-depth look at an important human rights issue with the qualifier that there are certainly some chapters that can be skimmed.
During his journey to different places plagued by human trafficking he tells us stories of concrete victims, describes "modus operandi" of local traffickers,the local situation in general and also the effort made by the modern abolitionists.
I highly reccomend this book for everyone interested in the topic of HT as a enriching source which offers insights on various forms of human traffikcing in the world.
The second part is the human stories of coercion and false promises, broken trust, and pure evil. The rational mind cannot phathom what person would lay down a web of lies and then heartlessly enslave a person locking them away from family and friends while forcing them to perform the most intimate of human acts for money which they don't even see a dime of that money. This is the one small downside of the book, that the human stories are chopped up and divided among travel details or meetings with various officials like John Miller or Eisner for example. This can be a minor and passable thing that is easily dealt with just a little odd, this should be required reading for anyone interested in human trafficing.
I am going to buy copies of this book and give it to people interested in the topic of human trafficking. This is a must read everyone.
I had to put the book down a couple times because the vivid descriptions were too powerful. At times heartbreaking and infuriating, the book both makes you lose faith in humanity, and renews it, by showing the surprisingly upbeat attitudes of some of the slaves.