** Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert

Empire of Cotton: A Global History will make you wonder about the true cost of every T-shirt and pair of jeans you have ever worn. Cotton has profited from child labor, slavery, abominable work conditions, colonial wars, environmental disasters, as well as, more happily, enormous technological progress and the development of heroically global supply chains. I found it particularly interesting to learn how large-scale cotton manufacturing changed the lives of workers along with the clothes we wear.

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