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When new labor laws and environmental standards came to Europe, the ship-breaking industry and its associated environmental hazards moved to places with fewer regulations, such as Chittagong on the coast of Bangladesh. Buerk, a BBC correspondent, follows the demise of the Asian Tiger, one of many ships destroyed in the ship-breaking yards of Chittagong, and chronicles the lives of those who undertake this arduous and dangerous work. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Roland Buerk is a BBC reporter stationed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Buerk survived the 2004 tsunami, and broadcast the first eyewitness accounts, which were repeated on television stations across the world. He currently covers the news climate in Bangladesh for the BBC, following such issues as Islamic militancy, human rights, and the political and economic conditions of the country. He has also written for The Times (London), the Economist, and the Financial Times.From Publishers Weekly:
BBC correspondent Buerk takes the Upton Sinclair route to chronicling the six-month process of disassembling a 38,000-ton oil tanker on the beaches of Bangladesh. He's sympathetic toward workers' plights (the work, as readers are constantly reminded, is backbreaking, and the slums are wretched) and disdainful of the fatcats who, "even in the low season, do well." Each worker profiled is worse off than the previous, though all are ensnared in a relentless cycle of poverty, while wealthy merchants chuckle and talk on cell phones as they bid on materials salvaged from the ships (by bleeding, sweating workers who earn a dollar a day). Buerk's picked a fascinating subject, but readers may be put off by his soapboxing.
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