A deeply thought-provoking book about the dramatic changes we must make to save the planet from financial madness - argued with so much humour and humanity that the enormous tasks ahead feel both doable and desirable. This is Raj Patel's great gift: he makes even the most radical ideas seem not only reasonable, but inevitable. Brilliant
Thought-provoking reading at a time when, as Oscar Wilde once said, we seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing
Caroline Sanderson, Bookseller
A whirlwind tour through the current economic crisis with Patel asking: "Why do things cost what they do?" then providing the key to understanding the mess we're in and the radical changes that must be made to prepare the way for a better system
Sue Baker, Bookseller
From the Same Author
Stuffed And Starved
We have so much choice over what we eat today because rural communities all over the world have had their choices taken away. To understand how our supermarket shopping makes us complicit in a system that routinely denies freedom to the world’s poorest, and how we ourselves are poisoned by these choices, we need to think about the way our food comes to us.
Stuffed and Starved takes a long and wide view of food production, to show how we all suffer the consequences of a food system cooked to a corporate recipe. This is also the story of the fight against the unthinking commerce that brings it to us. In the wrecked paddy fields of India, in the soy deserts of Brazil, in the maize ejidos of Mexico, the supermarket aisles of California, French McDonald’s and Italian kitchens, there’s a worldwide resistance against unhealthy control of the food system.