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Planet of Slums by Mike Davis
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Nov 29, 2008

really liked it
Read in November, 2008

So many numbers, sometimes without much context to help a reader understand them (I know that 25 million is a big number, but I don't know what percentage of children in Lagos it represents, etc.) The best writing in the book is in the foreward and the afterward, and aside from "there are a *lot* of slums, more than you probably think," Davis doesn't seem to have a thesis until the very end of said afterward -- but when it finally arrives, it's a really good one, and I'm glad I read the book just for that insight. Also the section on the child witches of Kinshasa is mindblowing (I wish more of the book was as vivid, and supplied as much context, as this section).

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