Falling Off the Edge: Globalization, World Peace and Other Lies. Alex Perry

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, international coorporations and governments have embraced the idea of a global village a shrinking booming world in which everyone benefits What if that s not the case Alex Perry travels from the South China Sea to the highlands of Afghanistan to the Sahara to see globalisation at the sharp end.
Falling Off the Edge Globalization World Peace and Other Lies Alex Perry Since the fall of the Berlin Wall international coorporations and governments have embraced the idea of a global village a shrinking booming world in which everyone benefits What if that s not the ca

  • Title: Falling Off the Edge: Globalization, World Peace and Other Lies. Alex Perry
  • Author: Alex Perry
  • ISBN: 9780230706880
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. If there was a book which really made me sit up and think about the world we are living in then Falling Off the Edge: Globalization, World Peace and Other Lies by Alex Perry probably is up there.Perry paints a grim yet honest picture of globalisation mainly from a developing world perspective ranging from the dissenting workers in China's new cities to the Maoists of Nepal and Naxalites of India hoping change will come through the barrel of a gun not just in Kathmandu and Delhi but also in New Y [...]

    2. SHALLOW AND CALLOWAlex Perry's Falling of the Edge was a speculative buy. I assumed from the spiel on the back of the book that it would be a collection of interesting reportage on the Developing World in the context of Globalization. Instead, Perry delivers mediocre reportage at a rattling pace and some crude, banal analysis.The range of areas covered is fairly large- South Africa, Somalia, Afghanistan, China, India, Nepal. The pieces on the vast new mega-city on Chinas coast near Hong-Kong, So [...]

    3. This was probably the strangest book on anti-capitalism I’ve read. The author is a foreign correspondent for Time magazine and has been to many war zones and poverty stricken areas around the world. As a result what we have is a loosely connected series of stories focusing primarily on human interest elements from a writer who has clearly spent most of his life believing in globalisation until the job he took on forced him to see the other side of the coin. There are some good points made and [...]

    4. Fascinating. Perry spends the whole book depressing you with stories showing how globalization is playing havoc with the poor, powerless unhealthy and uneducated people of the world and then in the last chapter makes a case for how we need war, violence and chaos in order to lurch forward to the next level of prosperity, innovation and general well-being.His writing is very much that of a newspaper correspondent and he makes a case for the value of his profession as the eyes and ears and feet on [...]

    5. This book's investigative journalistic style, unlike so many other dry and overly theoretical polemics on globalization, made it for me. It's written by a highly acclaimed reporter for Time magazine, who, through his tales of encounters with disenchanted chinese factory workers, somali pirates and Indian I.T. workers amongst many other characters, gives the pitfalls of globalization a very human and tragic face. It's genius lies in its ability to inspire empathy for even the most vicious acts, i [...]

    6. A fascinating insight into how globalisation affects conflict around the world. Refreshingly it doesn't have a political agenda, whether it be left or right wing, underscoring it like many recent books of this ilk. It's a pragmatic and honest account by a journalist who has lived and worked in the majority of the places he talks about, and for this very reason it grabs your interest and really makes you think about what is going on around the world. What's more, Alex Perry is a fantastic writer, [...]

    7. A book by Alex Perry, foreign correspondent with Time Magazine, published in 2008. It’s an account (sometimes self-promoting, but then considering the extremes to which he has gone in the service of his trade, it’s not hard to forgive him that) of his experiences, mingled with his reflections on globalization, in which his central thesis is that, since globalization is stacked in favor of the rich and is fundamentally an exercise in making them more so by whatever means, this means that on a [...]

    8. This book comes across as a hodgepodge collection of personal recollections. If that was the limit of the author's ambition, and if this book didn't purport to convey anything insightful, it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. The problem is that the author's understanding of globalisation has almost no basis in academic or empirical rigour, and instead is based on vague sentiments about the immoral capitalist agenda, social inequality, and so on. The 'globalisation' theme is bluntly threaded t [...]

    9. Award-winning Time correspondent Alex Perry provides a sobering view of the capitalist party line. I found this book to be very educational, if pessimistic. It is important to understand, however unpleasant, that television and the information revolution has not only brought nations closer. Disappointment is a more powerful instigator of violence than merely being poor. The system, in flaunting the economic winners in the race to pillage resources, drives the resentment that fuels communist guer [...]

    10. This book isn't brand new, but it is still really relevant and you can see a number of the headlines today as a continuation of the themes Perry touches on in "Falling off the Edge" from piracy off Somalia's coast to civil unrest in China and the Niger delta. It's also pretty wild to think about the implications about the implosion of a number of newspapers and print media and the connections with us actually knowing a bit about the world we live in. I highly, highly recommend this book.

    11. Interesting stuff: often disturbing reminder that here in the West we really don't know very much about the developing world - regions that make up about two thirds of humanity. Crucial read for undestanding the limitations of media reporting, the economics that incentivise extremism and the dark underbelly of the hyper-commercialised world we live in. It's a little dated now, but it still holds up.

    12. The author demonstrates an impressively fearless desire to get to the heart of the story and hic chapters detailing specific cases across the developing world are insightful and make for good-reading. The introductory and concluding chapters don't add much in their discussion of the much-discussed term "globalization". Seemed like an apt desperate purchase - from an airport in a developing country before a night flight home - and served its purpose well.

    13. An interesting blur of various first-hand examples of inequality from across the globe. Doesn't really tease out any important conclusions about globalisation although Perry makes this clear in the epilogue that this isn't really the objective of the book. He is certainly correct in saying that it's a 'reporters book' and I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction or to gain any significant insights, it provides an interesting source of examples ranging from Nepal to America.

    14. A travelogue through some of the politically ugliest places on the planet in the middle-aughts, narrated from the point of view of an uncritical American-style liberalism, which assumes the U.S. way of (organizing) life is what all people not only ought to have, but ought to want. Catch-up is the name of the game: india's present is represented as somehow similar to the United States "one hundred years ago." Asia-focused, Perry is China optimistic (though with rough edges), India pessimistic.

    15. There is a lot of interesting information and insight in this book, but the organization is pretty terrible, and sometimes the narrative devolves into pages of just statistics estimates. All of that information has its place, but perhaps the author's background as a newspaper journalist made it challenging for him to weave a book-length narrative together in a way that flows better? Like I said, interesting thesis and insights, but it can be a slog at times.

    16. Perry walks you through a bunch of first-hand accounts of his experiences in areas where the impacts of globalization has been anything but encouraging. It's not incredibly in depth, and a few of the stories seem a little more loosely tied to globalization than others, but altogether an interesting look at the "other" side of globalization.

    17. Great book! The other side of the story about globalization about all those hundreds of millions that are left behind.

    18. An absolute eye opener as to what is happening on our planet and what lengthens people will go to, to gain money and power.

    19. Not what I was expecting, but full of interesting horror stories about the failures of globalization.

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