Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Capitalism: A Ghost Story

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By (author) Arundhati Roy

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  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 188mm x 13mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1608463850
  • ISBN 13: 9781608463855
  • Sales rank: 24,014

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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 has subjugated billions of people to the highest and most intense forms of racism and exploitation.

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Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned Indian author and global justice activist. From her celebrated Booker Prize-winning novel "The God of Small Things" to her prolific output of writing on topics ranging from climate change to war, the perils of free-market "development" in India, and the defense of the poor, Roy's voice has become indispensable to millions seeking a better word. Her recent nonfiction books include "Field Notes on Democracy" and "Walking with the Comrades." She lives in New Delhi, India.

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Praise for Arundhati Roy's "Field Notes on Democracy" "Gorgeously wrought . . . pitch-perfect prose. . . . In language of terrible beauty, she takes India's everyday tragedies and reminds us to be outraged all over again." --"Time""In her searing account, Roy asks whether our shriveled forms of democracy will be 'the endgame of the human race'--and shows vividly why this is a prospect not to be lightly dismissed." --Noam Chomsky"The scale of what Roy surveys is staggering. Her pointed indictment is devastating." --The New York Times Book Review"An electrifying political essayist... So fluent is her prose, so keen her understanding of global politics, and so resonant her objections to nuclear weapons, assaults against the environment, and the endless suffering of the poor that her essays are as uplifting as they are galvanizing." --Booklist