Review: A Harvest of Thorns


A beloved American corporation with an explosive secret. A disgraced former journalist looking for redemption. A corporate executive with nothing left to lose.

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble, a bystander captures a heart-stopping photograph—a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-story fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America’s largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation.

Eight thousand miles away, at Presto’s headquarters in Virginia, Cameron Alexander, the company’s long-time general counsel, watches the media coverage of the fire in horror, wondering if the damage can be contained. When the photo goes viral, fanning the flames of a decades old controversy about sweatshops, labor rights, and the ethics of globalization, he launches an investigation into the disaster that will reach farther than he could ever imagine – and threaten everything he has left in the world.

A year later, in Washington, D.C., Joshua Griswold, a disgraced former journalist from the Washington Post, receives an anonymous summons from a corporate whistleblower who offers him confidential information about Presto and the fire. For Griswold, the challenge of exposing Presto’s culpability is irresistible, as is the chance, however slight, at redemption. Deploying his old journalistic skills, he builds a historic case against Presto, setting the stage for a war in the courtroom and in the media that Griswold is determined to win—both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution of conscience in Presto’s boardroom that could transform the fashion industry across the globe.

Rating: 5-stars


A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison is a phenomenal read. It takes readers deep into the frightening world of sweat shops. We all have heard of these and yet so many still buy the clothes from these big outlets that cause the harm and damage found in this novel. This novel takes the research from real life events and opens readers eyes and hearts to the problems at hand. There are plenty of these big corporations like Walmart that create these issues. Due to the demand of clothes for a cheaper price and quality, we are promoting the evil corporations found in this nightmare. It was an epic rollercoaster ride. One that I will not be forgetting. The book opens up, and I am instantly swept up into the lives of two sisters and their mom. I can feel their pain, worries, and fears as the worst does happen. Deep, dark, heartbreaking Corban Addison brings to life the troubles of globalization and big-time corporations. I highly recommend everyone to read this book.

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