A Harvest of Thorns

  • by Corban Addison
  • Narrated by Firdous Bamji
  • 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Corbin Addison explores the human stories behind global labor sourcing in the international fashion industry in this thrilling, shocking and compelling tale.
A beloved American corporation with an explosive secret. A disgraced former journalist looking for redemption. A corporate executive with nothing left to lose.
In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble a bystander captures a heart-stopping image - a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-tory fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America's largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation. When the photo goes viral, it fans the flames of a decades-old controversy about sweatshops, labor rights, and the ethics of globalization.
A year later, in Washington, DC, Joshua Griswold, a disgraced former journalist for the Washington Post, receives an anonymous summons from a corporate whistleblower promising information about Presto. There, to Griswold's astonishment, he meets Cameron Alexander, Presto's longtime general counsel. Alexander, who has secrets of his own, offers Griswold confidential information about Presto's apparel supply chain. For Griswold the challenge of exposing Presto's willful negligence is irresistible, as is the chance, however slight, at redemption. Deploying his old journalistic skills, he builds a historic case against Presto, setting the stage for a war in the courtroom and in the media that Griswold is determined to win - both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution of conscience in Presto's boardroom that could change the course of the fashion industry across the globe.

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Second Corbin Addison book

Well written, well researched and well put together. Abuse is not a surprise to most readers I am sure, but the process that creates the abuse is one for consumers to think about.
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- C. R.Thomas

Excellent

This was an excellent and we'll told story of the struggles those making our clothes have. It has plummeted me into an ethical delema when I go shopping now. Read/listen to this book but prepare to be challenged.
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- Gale

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books