Further Reading: Collusion

 

As our President faces charges of collusion, he insists it’s not a crime. We’ll let the lawyers in the house make that call, but in the meantime, here are a bevvy of recommended nonfiction titles about illegal collusion, linked to their Booklist reviews.

 

An Air That Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana, Uncovered a National Scandal, by Andrew Schneider and David McCumber

Vermiculite miners in remote Libby, Montana, were dying. Worse, their spouses and children were dying, too. Vermiculite is used in construction materials, insulation, gardening, and elsewhere. The vermiculite found in Libby is contaminated with tremolite, a particularly lethal form of asbestos, which dusted the workers and the town and which companies Zonolite and W. R. Grace said was harmless. This is a tale of chilling employer cynicism, of government collusion, and, fortunately, of an alert reporter, a committed community activist, and an EPA worker who fought his own agency to do what was right.

 

Capitalism: A Ghost Story, by Arundhati Roy

Courageous and clarion Roy continues her analysis and documentation of the disastrous consequences of unchecked global capitalism. She investigates India’s “Gush Up” capitalism and how it is reinforcing a caste system that benefits the elite while wreaking cruel havoc on the greater population and the country’s invaluable natural resources. Roy reports on collusion between New Delhi and multinational corporations that results in the corruption and dysfunction of local governments and brutal initiatives, disguised as security measures, in which people are forced off their land to make way for highways, airports, dams, mines, and factories.

 

Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, by Nomi Prins

Prins, who worked for financial giants Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns, zeros in on the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath. Readers are first led through a simple introduction to the way central banking was established in the U.S. and how it has changed from that original concept. Prins explains “conjured-money policy” and how central banks have created an artificial money bubble and flooded markets with cheap capital, which makes economies vulnerable to massive corporate defaults and job loss.

 

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, by John Grisham

Grisham turns his considerable procedural skills to nonfiction with this examination of a wrongful-conviction case that incarcerated a man on Death Row for 11 years, breaking him in body and spirit. Grisham decided to try his hand at true crime after reading a 2004 New York Times obituary for Ron Williamson, a former Oakland A’s baseball player and Death Row inmate who was one of nearly 200 people exonerated through the efforts of the Innocence Project. Suspected of killing a local woman, he became a victim of police collusion, prosecutorial zeal, legal ineptitude, and judicial bias.

 

 

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