Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial

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$30.00  $27.90
Knopf Publishing Group
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6.5 X 9.2 X 1.8 inches | 1.8 pounds

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About the Author

CORBAN ADDISON is the internationally best-selling author of four novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, The Tears of Dark Water (winner of the inaugural Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize), and A Harvest of Thorns, all of which address some of today's most pressing human rights issues. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he lives with his wife and children in Virginia.


"[Addison's] skills at storytelling are evident here . . . His research is rigorous and he builds the story to a fascinating denouement worthy of a suspense novel - a good suspense novel."
--Minneapolis StarTribune

"In Wastelands, Corban Addison tells the extraordinary story of how some North Carolina residents stood up to a meatpacking company polluting their communities ... [A] legal thriller, full of energy and compassion ... [and] a damning portrait of how we feed ourselves ..."
--Eric Schlosser, The New York Times Book Review

"[F]illed with charismatic, colorful characters ... lovingly and sincerely wrought ... [T]he satisfaction of a book like Wastelands lies in a truly rare kind of redemption. Goliath is slain. The good guys win. And Addison has the pleasure of being the verdict's messenger."
--Leslie Pariseau, The Los Angeles Times

"Wastelands is the true story of an epic battle of power and justice, good and evil, with heroes to remind us that there is virtue in the world."
--Miwa Messer, Barnes & Noble Poured Over Podcast

"In this book, Addison turns a novelist's eye to the thorny complexities of a real legal case. The prose is lyrical, the cast of characters jump to life on the page, and the result is a captivating account of how a small group of citizens bring a huge corporation to justice."
--Jonathan Harr, author of the #1 national bestseller A Civil Action

"Gripping . . . Corban Addison chronicles a grassroots effort in North Carolina to push back against the environmental damage done by large-scale farming . . . For anyone concerned with the natural world."

"Deeply researched and crafted like a legal thriller . . . Corban Addison turns to nonfiction to tell this harrowing story of a large-scale, industrial hog farm with a long history of polluting a community on the coast of North Carolina and the heroic efforts individuals in the community."
--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Inspiring. . . absorbing. . . in this page-turning exposé of corporate malfeasance, . . . [Addison] strikingly underscores why American courts are so often a last resort for those wronged by structural economic injustice."
--Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

"Exceptional. . . heartbreaking. . .Addison reveals how a cadre of dedicated lawyers and long-suffering North Carolina families fought, and won, against Big Pork. . .This high-stakes legal saga is a must-read."
--Publishers Weekly [starred review]

"[Wastelands] reads like a novel, which had it been fiction would be hardly believable. Seldom does life offer such clear examples of sheer maleficence . . . You'll not believe this could happen here."
--Decatur Daily