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A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2008

    Must Read

    I highly recommend picking this up; but I'll be upfront it is not an easy read, not just because of the horrific stories of slavery but because Skinner does get mired down, on occasion, of political explanations for the causes of slavery (like in the chapter in Sudan). If you overlook or skip those paragraphs, the book is very good. It exposes a subject in today's world that is so often overlooked.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Interesting read

    Largely thought to be as archaic as history itself, A Crime So Monstrous reminds us all of the horrors of slavery and its thriving presence in the modern age. Skinner's experiences in slavery-entrenched nations reveal how common forced bondage is and the unacceptable lack of action from local governments. This book is a must-read because it details several accounts of modern slaves: their families; their sufferings; if fortunate, their freedom; and the aftermath of their escape. It is not unusual of the media to overlook stories on the indecent reduction of humanity; this book is a grand awakening for readers overshadowed by other superfluous events. Skinner organizes the book by following each personal account of a person in, or once was in, bondage with international reaction to the situation. This arrangement of chapters evokes a nod of approval for leaders in the abolitionist movement, if they succeed in their agendas, or a shake of repulsion for the incredible passivity of international enforcers. Despite feeling quite an accumulation of emotions during my read, the book itself is rather emotionless, focusing more on documentation rather than advocacy (though I should mention that advocating for these slaves was not Skinner's intention in writing this book). One can appreciate the informative nature of the book but do not expect much resolve. Perhaps the lack of a conclusion is exactly the point: slavery may very well always exist if no brute and absolute action is taken. This book is recommended for those in high school and above because it requires quite a lot of patience. Overall, in the pile of other similar books, A Crime So Monstrous should be highly considered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    A Learning Experience

    This book is entirely eye-opening about the horrors of modern slavery around the world. A little out of date now in 2012, but still relevant.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    THIS BOOK WAS AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was boring and just went on and on not giving you any real insite into the subject matter. I had to force myself to finish the 1st chapter.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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