Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives

Written by:
Siddharth Kara
Narrated by:
Peter Ganim

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2023
11 hours 21 minutes
This program includes an author's note read by the author.

An unflinching investigation reveals the human rights abuses behind the Congo’s cobalt mining operation—and the moral implications that affect us all.

Cobalt Red is the searing, first-ever exposé of the immense toll taken on the people and environment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by cobalt mining, as told through the testimonies of the Congolese people themselves. Activist and researcher Siddharth Kara has traveled deep into cobalt territory to document the testimonies of the people living, working, and dying for cobalt. To uncover the truth about brutal mining practices, Kara investigated militia-controlled mining areas, traced the supply chain of child-mined cobalt from toxic pit to consumer-facing tech giants, and gathered shocking testimonies of people who endure immense suffering and even die mining cobalt.

Cobalt is an essential component to every lithium-ion rechargeable battery made today, the batteries that power our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and electric vehicles. Roughly 75 percent of the world’s supply of cobalt is mined in the Congo, often by peasants and children in sub-human conditions. Billions of people in the world cannot conduct their daily lives without participating in a human rights and environmental catastrophe in the Congo. In this stark and crucial audiobook, Kara argues that we must all care about what is happening in the Congo—because we are all implicated.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press.
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An exposé on the disturbing reality of cobalt mining with a compelling taste of history, mixed with the contemporary, geo-strategic significance of DRC’s remaining untapped raw mineral deposits worth an estimated $24 trillion.

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Raylon G.

very enlightening, insightful, and well-researched. everyone should educate themselves on the process by which we get the material we are betting our future on.

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