Falling off the Edge is an exhilarating journey to some of the planet's most remote and dangerous places to explore the sharp end of globalisation. Combining analysis with frontline reporting, Perry's quest into this largely unreported world takes readers from Maoist rebels in Nepal to Indian suicide bombers and Indonesian pirates. We meet Chinese organ harvesters, Bombay billionaires, killer cops and pygmy Africans living on a remote island in the Indian Ocean. And in a riveting introduction, Perry presents us with some of the finest war reporting ever to come out of the war on terror. The result of this extraordinary journey is as unexpected as it is dramatic. In his quest to uncover the edges of the globalisation, Perry ends up discovering its dark heart – raising profound questions about where globalisation is leading us, and why.
This is not a book that tries to deny the reality of globalisation. Rather, it seeks to correct our understanding of what it is. Happily for the reader, Perry's style is compelling, accessible, colourful – and often funny. His first-person, on-the-ground writing style will keep readers turning pages. He draws on an unparalleled level of access, from prime ministers to God Kings to the Dalai Lama. The result is a book of extraordinary breadth and riveting detail that should be required reading for anyone curious about what globalisation really means.