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Hailed in hardcover as compelling” (Kirkus Reviews) and an astonishing [and] wrenching story” (The London Cost-free Press), Bitter Chocolate is an eye-opening seem at a single of our most beloved buyer items. Tracing the fascinating origins and evolution of chocolate from the banquet tables of Montezuma’s Aztec court in the early sixteenth century to the bustling factories of Hershey, Cadbury, and Mars these days, investigative journalist Carol Off exhibits that slavery and injustice have always been key substances.The heart of the book will take spot in West Africa inside the Ivory Coast—the world’s top producer of cocoa beans—where earnings from the multibillion-dollar chocolate sector fuel bloody civil war and widespread corruption. Faced with strain from a crushing cocoa cartel” demanding much more beans for much less cash, poor farmers have turned to the most affordable labor pool achievable: thousands of indentured children who select the beans but have by no means themselves identified the taste of chocolate.An astounding eye-opener that will take no prisoners” (Quill & Quire), Bitter Chocolate is an absorbing social background, a passionate investigative account, and a shocking and urgent exposé of an industry that continues even now to institutionalize misery as it indulges our whims.
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