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Background of every transaction–and what we can do to overcome them Praise for Nobodies “Investigative immersion reporting at its best Bowe is a master storyteller whose work is finely tuned and fearless”– USA Today “A brilliant and readable tour of the modern heart of darkness Nobodies takes a long hard look at what our democracy is becoming”–Thomas Frank author of What’s the Matter with Kansas“Bowe dramatizes in gripping detail these stolen lives”– O The Oprah Magazine“The vividness of Bowe’s local stories might make you think twice before reaching for that cheap fruit or pair of discount socks”– Condé Nast PortfolioNAMED ONE OF THE TWENTY BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE VILLAGE VOIC. John Bowe is worried about the corrupting influences of globalization and issues a credible warning about the dangers of labor exploitation throughout the world he is an engaging writer and at points this book is a genuine page turner but for all that it fails in its main objective to expose the sinister problem of slave labor in the USA It appears that in spite of Bowe s best efforts slave labor is still pretty much an abberation here He cites three cases migrant workers in Florida whose illegal status and ignorance of the language are the most coercive elements in keeping them enthrall to their employer East Indian workers at a welding plant in Tulsa who he admits might be sensaltionalizing their bondage in order to attain a favorable visa status and the uasi third world protectorate of American Saipan where Chinese apparel workers are systematically exploited by a backwater government in league with sweatshop owners And yet the closest he can come to a clear cut example of slavery is the sex workers in Saipan who it occurs to me are enslaved pretty much the same way in every American city so why travel to Saipan Well because the rumors of labor abuse there were so rife Bowe believed he would find evidence of slavery which was the agenda Sadly or not depending on how you look at it he came up short At this point he might have taken a different tact and written a book about the temptation to abuse labor in a globalized economy which is pretty much where he ends up anyway but he hangs on to the notion of slavery to the detriment of his findings and the weakening of his credibility Look when you march out a word like slavery you d better have plenty of evidence of physical coercian to compell people to do something against their wills The presence of labor contracts freedom of movement and the refusal of the enslaved to simply remove themselves from their conditions when they have the opportunity smacks of a raw labor deal not a tied to the whipping post scenario After all the worst Bowe can come up with to indict the oppressors who stand in for slavemasters in this book comes from the mouth of a resident of Saipan who says of one such He ll get away with as much as he can If you give him room he ll abuse people If you watch over him he ll comply Whatever he can do to make money he ll do A pretty standard observation about the attitude of many American employers and a ringing endorsement of the need for government regulation of labor but an example of slavery That s a little too strong certainly misleading and perhaps a tad disingenuous

REVIEW Nobodies Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy

Nobodies Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy

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 US 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 McDonald’s Burger King PepsiCo Del Monte Gap Target JCPenney J Crew Polo Ralph Lauren and othersIn this eye opening book set against the everyday American landscape of shopping malls outlet stores and Happy Meals Bowe reveals how humankind’s darker urges remain alive and well lingering in the. I don t know if I ll ever finish this book since I only needed to read enough for my project I read the introduction the Tulsa case and the conclusion What I do know is that this is an amazing work John Bowe managed to be a likable voice challenging and daring while unafraid to uestion his own thoughts reasoning and perception His in depth interviews with several people from both sides of the Tulsa case were very impressive and I loved the fact that he himself was in doubt of whether this classifies as slavery or not His conclusion was highly interesting and straightforwardly bold yet somehow managed to not be preachy nor aggressive at the same time What I do find lacking is the absent of suggestions for potential solutions I do get that the main purpose of this book is to get an extended understanding of contemporary slavery I however wish he discussed alternative actions than simply condemning the possible outcome of free trade Aside from that minor critiue I thoroughly enjoyed reading Nobodies With rich language and a broad scope of perspectives Bowe successfully captured the essence of modern slavery in the US Highly recommended

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Most Americans are shocked to discover that slavery still exists in the United States Yet 145 years after the Emancipation Proclamation the CIA estimates that 14500 to17000 foreigners are “trafficked” annually into the United States threatened with violence and forced to work against their will Modern people unanimously agree that slavery is abhorrent How then can it be making a reappearance on American soilAward winning journalist John Bowe examines how outsourcing subcontracting immigration fraud and the relentless pursuit of “everyday low prices” have created an opportunity for modern slavery to regain a toehold in the American economy Bowe uses thorough and often dangerous research exclusive interviews. I saw the author John Bowe on The Daily Show this past fall He had suprisingly little charisma for someone who wrote a book on such an interesting subject The book is divided into thirds each one focusing on a case of modern slavery in the United States The first takes place in Florida in the tomato and orange grove the second in Tulsa at a steel mill Both of these chapters clearly show the effects of our desire for low cost food and products The third chapter the author travels to Saipan a US commonwealth that is a major player in the garment industry and sex trade His take on what goes on there is much gray He does the math and finds there is a clear reason people travel from China to work or run factories there its profitable His final conclusion is the most intriguing part of the book He points out that the marginalized workers far outnumber us and these people are not educated but they re certainly not stupid and I very much doubt they can be lied to or angered indefinitely In other words who will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes


10 thoughts on “Nobodies Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy

  1. says:

    I saw the author John Bowe on The Daily Show this past fall He had suprisingly little charisma for someone who wrote a book on such an interest

  2. says:

    This book was reuired reading for my job My understanding of consumer culture and the contemporary slave trade deepened but I'm short on solutio

  3. says:

    The problem I had with this book is that Bowe undercuts his own analysis by too often expressing ambivalence about the labor abuses described in his case studies Is it really slavery he asks over and over Maybe the laborers are just disgruntled? The introduction is a strong thoughtful argument about how and why the immense ugly growing gap between rich poor might lead us toward a new era of open widespread sl

  4. says:

    This is an extremely readable book about slavery in the United States today Actual slavery not just low wages People forced to work for little or no pay and locked up in substandard dormitories or trailers and unable to leave with their passports confiscated and threats to harm their families back home if they attempt t

  5. says:

    Summary Most Americans would be shocked to discover that slavery still exists in the United States Yet most of

  6. says:

    I don't know if I'll ever finish this book since I only needed to read enough for my project I read the introduction the Tulsa case and the conclusion What I do know is that this is an amazing work John Bowe managed to be a likable voice chal

  7. says:

    Didn't finish

  8. says:

    John Bowe is worried about the corrupting influences of globalization and issues a credible warning about the dangers of labor exploitation throughout the world; he is an engaging writer and at points this book is a genuine page turner; but fo

  9. says:

    I was very disappointed in this book John Bowe reemed Thomas Friedman and The World is Flat throughout I found it frustrating that he just couldn't stand on his own merits The idea here is that our hunger for status overrides our concern for others' dignity The modern extension of this disregard is the willingness today of First Wor

  10. says:

    Just the fact that this book exists means it needs some attention I didn't finish just because I don't have the time for thisI don't need the details to be outraged by the fact of coerced and forced laborHow conven

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