Award-winning journalist John Bowe examines how outsourcing, subcontracting, immigration fraud, and the relentless pursuit of âeveryday low pricesâ have created an opportunity for modern slavery to regain a toehold in the American economy. Bowe uses thorough and often dangerous research, exclusive interviews, eyewitness accounts, and rigorous economic analysis to examine three illegal workplaces where employees are literally or virtually enslaved. From rural Florida to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to the U.S. commonwealth of Saipan in the Western Pacific, he documents coercive and forced labor situations that benefit us all, as consumers and stockholders, fattening the profits of dozens of American food and clothing chains, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, McDonaldâs, Burger King, PepsiCo, Del Monte, Gap, Target, JCPenney, J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, and others.
In this eye-opening book, set against the everyday American landscape of shopping malls, outlet stores, and Happy Meals, Bowe reveals how humankindâs darker urges remain alive and well, lingering in the background of every transactionâand what we can do to overcome them.
Praise for Nobodies:
âInvestigative, immersion reporting at its best . . . Bowe is a master storyteller whose work is finely tuned and fearless.â
âA brilliant and readable tour of the modern heart of darkness, Nobodies takes a long, hard look at what our democracy is becoming.â
âThomas Frank, author of Whatâs the Matter with Kansas?
âBowe dramatizes in gripping detail these stolen lives.â
âO: The Oprah Magazine
âThe vividness of Boweâs local stories might make you think twice before reaching for that cheap fruit or pair of discount socks.â
âCondÃ© Nast Portfolio
NAMED ONE OF THE TWENTY BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE VILLAGE VOICE
About: A study of forced labor in the United States offers a look at the working conditions that the government and corporations ignore, decry, but ultimately need, analyzing the moral implications of the inexpensive goods to which the American consumer has become accustomed.
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