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After 30 years reporting, Ben Barber's book shows the human side of the world from India to Nicaragua that editors rarely publish.
After 30 years reporting, Ben Barber's book shows the human side of the world from India to Nicaragua that editors rarely publish.
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GROUNDTRUTH – At Work, Play and War in the Third World

           We are seeking your assistance in printing 2,500 copies of my book GROUNDTRUTH, a compilation of 90 full page color photos of people living fascinating lives in the Third World, plus 90 short essays describing the significance of each photo.

            Former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Andrew Natsios, has written the preface to this book.  

           When I came to the Third World as a photographer and reporter 30 years ago, I wanted to cover the 12 percent economic growth in Asia, the revered Thai Buddhist monks, the way Indians share crowded space with others, the kindness and wisdom of illiterate farmers willing to share their homes with a stranger. Instead, editors wanted war, famine, earthquakes, hunger and disease. And that’s what I mainly covered for USA TODAY, L.A. Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, Baltimore Sun, London Observer, Foreign Affairs and Washington Times. For seven years, I was also senior writer and photographer at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

            Now I have collected a book of my photos, GROUNDTRUTH: At Work, Play and War in the Third World, to show what newspapers rarely print—that our world is full of love, friendship, ambition, acceptance, innovation, grace and generosity. Each full page photo has a page of text that explains its ground truth.

        The respected publisher de.MO design is to publish the book.  We have raised some support from donors and hope to cover our expenses with $20,000 more through this appeal.

          If more people could see the Third World through these photos, we might fine tune our understanding of these countries and interact with more compassion and less force.

           Please examine some of the photos on this site and I hope you will agree that this adds a compassionate yet realistic vision of the confusing world around us.

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