How to Get a Nuclear Bomb - It wouldn’t be easy. But it wouldn’t be impossible. A reporter travels the world to find out how.
The Shipbreakers - “At Alang, in India, on a six-mile stretch of oily, smoky beach, 40,000 men tear apart half of the world’s discarded ships, each one a sump of toxic waste.”
Jungle Law - How hundreds of miles of rain forest became a toxic-waste dump.
The Expendables - The dark romance of the French Foreign Legion: haunted men from everywhere, fighting anywhere, dying for causes not their own.
The Pirate Latitudes - The ruthless calculus behind a new age of piracy.
The Distant Executioner - “A sniper must bear the burden of intimate killing for the rest of their life. On the other hand, even when they get it wrong, they kill only one man at a time.”
The World in its Extreme - The Sahara is a desert so vast that no airplane can diminish it.
City of Fear - “São Paulo, Brazil, teeters on the edge of a feral zone where governments and countries lose their meaning, a wilderness inhabited by large populations worldwide, but officially denied and rarely described.”
Welcome to the Green Zone - The American bubble in Baghdad
The Turn - “At the very heart of winged flight lies the banked turn, a procedure that by now seems so routine and familiar that airline passengers appreciate neither its elegance and mystery nor its dangerously delusive character.”
The Million Dollar Nose - “The most influential wine critic in the world today is not a snob or an obvious aesthete, as one might imagine, but an ordinary American.”
The Sahara is a desert so vast that no airplane can diminish it. Certainly this one couldn’t. I sat behind the pilots in the cockpit of an Air Algeria turboprop lumbering at 18,000 feet across southern Algeria. The airplane was a Dutch-built Fokker 27, a stodgy forty-passenger twin, doing 220 miles an hour; it had come from the capital city, Algiers, on a roundabout three-day run to the oases.
At Alang, in India, on a six-mile stretch of oily, smoky beach, 40,000 men tear apart half of the world’s discarded ships, each one a sump of toxic waste. Environmentalists in the West are outraged. The shipbreakers want to be left alone - and maybe they should be.
In 1972, crude oil began to flow from Texaco’s wells in the area around Lago Agrio (“sour lake”), in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Reporting on an emotional battle in a makeshift jungle courtroom, the author investigates how many hundreds of square miles of surrounding rain forest became a toxic-waste dump.
For seven days last May the city of São Paulo, Brazil, teetered on the edge of a feral zone where governments and countries lose their meaning. That zone is a wilderness inhabited already by large populations worldwide, but officially denied and rarely described.