Any book that starts with a glowing endorsement from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu deserves serious attention. What really works about this book is the mixture of personalised case studies, with a serious, rational and evidence-based exploration of data on such macro issues as trade deficits, World Bank loans and multinational companies trade practices. The link between Sath, a 27-year-old Cambodian woman who we meet on the first page, and who dies in complicated childbirth, and structural adjustment, the International Monetary Fund, the Group of Eight and (dare I utter it) globalisation, is made explicit.
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