The Girl from Kathmandu: Twelve Dead Men and a Woman's Quest for Justice

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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.6 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Cam Simpson is a London-based writer and journalist. He is currently an international investigations editor and writer for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and Bloomberg News. He previously worked for the Wall Street Journal, with posts in the Middle East and Washington, and as a Washington-based correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, where he was responsible for covering US foreign policy and investigative projects. Simpson is the recipient of two George Polk Awards, three awards from the Overseas Press Club of America, and numerous other honors.


"In The Girl from Kathmandu, one of America's most decorated investigative journalists unearths an iconic story of our time: the hidden saga of how American taxpayers funded a corporate pipeline of human labor, from the Himalayas to the battlefield of Iraq."--Evan Osnos, New Yorker staff writer, winner of the National Book Award and author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.
"A powerful, compelling story of how one courageous young Nepali woman challenged the rigid patriarchy of her homeland and a multinational corporation abroad in the pursuit of justice for her murdered husband. Along the way Cam Simpson exposes in vivid detail a lesser known collateral horror of America's Iraq debacle: how the government and its contractors, in the name of private war and national security, aided and abetted the grotesque modern chain of slave labor. It may renew both your anger at the Iraq war catastrophe and your hope in the rule of law to hold the powerful accountable."--Eric Westervelt, award-winning former Baghdad and Jerusalem Correspondent NPR News
"A modern David vs. Goliath tale that stretches from the towering mountains of Nepal to a courtroom in Texas, showing just how our wars are fought and how the value of a life seems to depend on where someone is born. Cam Simpson has done an incredible job uncovering the trail of international human trafficking that led to a horrific massacre in Iraq. Weaving together interviews from a decade of reporting and tens of thousands of pages of court papers, Simpson has created a compelling narrative that is both a tale of human redemption in the face of crushing grief and a riveting legal thriller."--Kim Barker, author of The Taliban Shuffle
"Simpson's investigations into how these men ended up in Iraq helped launch a decade-long legal battle on behalf of the victims' families... [he] tells a complex story about how the intersection of privatized wars and globalization heightens the vulnerability of transnational laborers."--New Yorker
"The ensuing court battle and Kamala's personal journey of redemption is a mind-boggling story that champions courage, perseverance, and resilience."--Booklist
"A powerful work of investigative journalism, one that speaks volumes about the business of war and of human slavery alike."--Kirkus
"[Cam Simpson] has given us an anatomy of globalized labor at its most shameful ... By scraping away at layers of corporate misdirection, by asking and asking again and not letting go, Simpson reached something naked and ugly and unimpeachably true."--New York Times Book Review