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Alex Perry is a correspondent and author. He is the author of The Good Mothers, The Rift, Falling Off The Edge, and Lifeblood, as well as several ebooks. His journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, TIME, Newsweek, Roads and Kingdoms and others. Born in Philadelphia and raised in England, Perry lived and worked for 15 years in Asia and Africa. He now lives in Hampshire, England.

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The Rift: A New Africa Brea...

4.10 avg rating — 249 ratings — published 2015 — 15 editions
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The Good Mothers: The True ...

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Lifeblood: How to Change th...

3.34 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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Falling Off the Edge: Globa...

3.76 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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The Hunt for Boko Haram: In...

3.66 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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The Good Mothers by Alex Perry
"This is a really interesting expose into the modern southern-Italian mafia and how prosecutors have exploited its terrible mistreatment of its female family members to obtain intelligence and convictions. If the Amanda Knox prosecution left you sh..." Read more of this review »
The Good Mothers by Alex Perry
"Coming soon to a theater near you: The Godmothers

This is my first NF mafia read. And I was not disappointed. While compelling, Mr. Perry avoids the cliché of a “big reveal”. Readers know early on that heroism comes at a cost. The language is stra..." Read more of this review »
The Good Mothers by Alex Perry
"This is an eye opening look into the Mafia. You are born into it,marry within it and you will remain loyal at any cost. In 2009 after the murder of one Mafia wife prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti got the women to testify about the men. This was a dee..." Read more of this review »
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" Very good of you, Neelam. It's going without saying that, regards anything written about Africa, the readers whose opinions matter most are, of course ...more "
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“This is the white man’s burden, the noblesse oblige of the missionary, colonist and development professional, who feel a duty to shepherd those unfortunate enough to be trapped in unenlightenment.”
Alex Perry, The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free

“When humanitarians in Africa used the word ‘change’, I’d noticed, they’d mostly been talking about themselves.”
Alex Perry, The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free

“Myth was how the ’Ndrangheta assumed a moral purpose when it was self-evidently immoral, how it colored itself romantic and divine when it was base and profane, and how it convinced others it was their righteous champion even as it robbed and murdered them. Myth was how those inside the organization were persuaded they were following a higher code and those outside it found themselves stumped by even the simplest questions, such as who was who. It was all an enormous lie. But it was a lie that explained how, almost without anyone noticing, a small group of families from the wild hills of Italy’s south had become the twenty-first century’s most formidable mafia.”
Alex Perry, The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took On the World’s Most Powerful Mafia: The True Story of the Women Who Took On the World’s Most Powerful Mafia

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