A journalist travels the world to trace the origins of our clothes.
When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Where Am I Wearing? intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers' standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle. By introducing listeners to the human element of globalization - the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life - Where Am I Wearing? bridges the gap between global producers and consumers.
New content includes: a visit to a fair trade Ethiopian shoe factory that is changing lives one job at time; updates on how workers worldwide have been squeezed by rising food costs and declining orders in the wake of the global financial crisis; and the author's search for the garment worker in Honduras who inspired the first edition of the book.
Kelsey Timmerman speaks at universities around the country, and maintains a blog at www.whereamiwearing.com. His writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and Cond Nast Portfolio, and has aired on NPR.
Enlightening and thought-provoking at once, Where Am I Wearing? puts a human face on globalization.
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A fantastic book!
Absolutely. A really fun way to ingest this kind of information. Very well presented, and poses great questions.
His personal stories make the info even more interesting without sorting through a lot of dry data on the subject of supply chain.
No. He was ok. Not great, but ok.
I have read both of Kelsey's books now, and recommend them to anyone who will listen. They are extremely informative, but at the same time being personal and funny. It's a great way to sort through that kind of information. I believer very deeply in the issue of supply chain, and both of this books, Where Am I Wearing and Where Am I Eating, where a big help in research. Sometimes I was left with more questions, like the issue of child labor, but it was a good thing. It will help me help me keep researching. There are a lot of systematic issues in here, ones that will take countries a long time to sort through, but in the mean time, I have the ability to speak with my purchases to let them all know what's important to me. Sort of getting on a plane to meet those world leaders, this helps me make a difference at home...while I'm still booking those plane tickets. ;)