MacArthur Fellow Mike Davis lives in San Diego. He is the author of Prisoners of the American Dream, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Magical Urbanism, Late Victorian Holocausts, Dead Cities, The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu and Buda's Wagon: A Short History of the Car Bomb.
"A brilliant book." - Arundhati Roy "There can be no doubt about the achievement of Planet of Slums, especially because it forces us, angrily, to confront the deplorable realities of slum existence and the limitations of slum policies in many developing countries" The Times "The Raymond Chandler of urban geography." - Independent "A heartbreaking book... the astonishing facts hit like anvil blows." - Financial Times"