Jennifer Connelly's Bookshelf
By John Pilger
I haven't finished this book yet, but I've been sort of agog while reading it. My husband, Paul Bettany, read it first, and he's been walking around the house ranting. It's full of shocking statistics like: The death rate of Iraqi children under five years old tripled from 1990 through 1998. I think information on globalization is hard to come by in the United States. Pilger, an Australian journalist living in England, delivers information in a straightforward way; the book doesn't seem exaggerated to me. Paul is quite politically minded. I feel embarrassingly uneducated about what is going on in the world—I'm trying to play catch-up, and I think this is a good place to start.