Madeley does an excellent job of covering the impact of transnational corporations (TNCs) on the poor of the world, particularly those of the third world. In doing so, he also discusses many of the ways TNCs also harm the environment, since the poor are often immediately dependent on the natural world in a way urbanized Westerners aren't. The picture is not pretty. In their pursuit of maximizing profits, TNCs pretty much consistently screw over the poor, disrupting traditional ways of life of indigenous people, small farmers, and small fisherfolk and making their already hard lives even worse. Even corporate charity is sometimes tainted--Madeley discusses the ways in which pharmaceutical companies, for instance, will give donations to countries of drugs that are nonessential and close to their expiration date--in many cases, they are simply donating extra stock they need to get rid of, not being truly generous (but they can still get a big tax write-off for doing so). Some of the ways in which TNCs harm the poor of the third world that Madeley discusses are well covered by other authors as well--the spread of subcontractors and sweatshop labor, and the destructive impact of agribusiness and genetically engineered seeds on small farmers. He also covers aspects of globalization that aren't so commonly discussed though--his discussion of the impact of tourism was really valuable. The book is not all gloom and doom though--Madeley does discuss successful campaigns to reign in abuses by TNCs. He actually seems fairly optimistic about our ability to address these problems. The principle weakness of the book is that it is mainly a description of the impact of the TNCs--there is not a lot of analysis of the why global capitalism works this way. And Madeley does seem to promise some such analysis in his opening chapter, particularly when he says he used to work for a TNC and so has some sense of how people in them think. You only get this analysis, however, in the last few pages of the book. It would have been stronger if it was presented at the beginning and interwoven with the rest of the book. Nonetheless, this book is invaluable for its documentation of the negative impact of corporate gloablization.