Alex Perry is an author and veteran foreign correspondent who has worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe for two decades. His fourth book, The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World’s Most Powerful Mafia is being published globally in 2018.
From postings to Hong Kong, New Delhi and Cape Town, for many years Alex was a correspondent and bureau chief for TIME magazine, for whom he wrote more than 25 cover stories and won numerous awards. He has since written for the New Yorker, The Guardian, Newsweek, Roads and Kingdoms, the Daily Telegraph and Prospect, among others. He is a frequent guest on television and radio, has appeared in several documentaries and at numerous literary festivals and other public discussions.
Alex is the author of four books. Falling Off the Edge: Globalization, World Peace and Other Lies (2008) explored the link between globalization, inequality and social unrest. Lifeblood: How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time (2011) investigated how business and aid combined in the extraordinary success of the global campaign to wipe out malaria. The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free (2015) drew on seven years living and reporting on the continent to present a definitive account of the new Africa, one that overturned many cherished Western misperceptions. The Good Mothers (2018) tells the story of the three women who rebelled against their upbringing inside the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, and the female prosecutor who understood that offering abused mafia women a new life was a way to crack open a hidden global criminal conspiracy of astonishing wealth and reach.
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