From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India. India is a nation of 1.2 billion, but the country's 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of India's gross domestic product. Capitalism: A Ghost Story examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India, and shows how the demands of globalized capitalism have subjugated billions of people to the highest and most intense forms of racism and exploitation.
Editors Select, October 2014 - Listening to Arundhati Roy's Capitalism: A Ghost Story is one of those experiences where you constantly find your mouth agape and brow furrowed in that 'how-can-this-be' kind of way. In the book, Roy powerfully depicts the suffering and destruction that unchecked capitalism has wrought upon her country of India. She describes how the over-extension of India's natural resources has resulted in total ecological obliteration (dead rivers, empty wells and stripped forests) and how the imbalance of wealth and power has led to immense human devastation, with more than 250,000 farmers committing suicide to escape crushing debt. But grisly statistics aside, it's Roy's unyielding courage in reporting these facts and condemning the powers-that-be that makes this an essential listen. Doug, Audible Editor
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