The New York Times Editors' Choice
Cam Simpson | Author | Journalist

 “Simpson’s obsessive reporting is the book’s great strength… The globalization of labor is the overarching story of Asia, hauling millions of families out of desperate poverty and trapping millions of workers in something close to slavery. It’s so ubiquitous that it’s easy to stop seeing it. Simpson insists that you see it. He has given us an anatomy of globalized labor at its most shameful.”

— ELLEN BARRY, The New York Times Book Review

“A powerful work of investigative journalism, one that speaks volumes about the business of war and of human slavery alike.” 


“Simpson’s investigations into how these men ended up in Iraq helped launch a decade-long legal battle on behalf of the victims’ families... [he] tells a complex story about how the intersection of privatized wars and globalization heightens the vulnerability of transnational laborers.” 

— The New Yorker

“The ensuing court battle and Kamala’s personal journey of redemption is a mind-boggling story that champions courage, perseverance, and resilience.” 


"By scraping away at layers of corporate misdirection, by asking and asking again and not letting go, Simpson reached something naked and ugly and unimpeachably true.”  


“A modern David vs. Goliath tale … a compelling narrative that is both a tale of human redemption in the face of crushing grief and a riveting legal thriller.”

— KIM BARKER, author of The Taliban Shuffle, made into the film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

“In The Girl from Kathmandu, one of America’s most decorated investigative journalists unearths an iconic story of our time: the hidden saga of how American taxpayers funded a corporate pipeline of human labor, from the Himalayas to the battlefield of Iraq.”

— EVAN OSNOS, New Yorker staff writer, winner of the National Book Award, and author of Age of Ambition

“A powerful, compelling story of how one courageous young Nepali woman challenged the rigid patriarchy of her homeland and a multinational corporation abroad in the pursuit of justice for her murdered husband.” 

— ERIC WESTERVELT, award-winning former Baghdad and Jerusalem Correspondent NPR News

"Cam Simpson is the Upton Sinclair of globalization" 


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    In August of 2004, twelve men left their villages in Nepal for jobs at a five-star hotel in Jordan. They had no idea they were actually being sent to work on an American military base in Iraq run by Halliburton. Fate took an even darker turn when the dozen men were kidnapped and murdered by Islamic extremists. Their deaths were captured in one of the first graphic execution videos disseminated on the web—the largest massacre of contractors in the war. Compounding the tragedy, their deaths received little notice.

        Why were these men, from a remote country far removed from the war, in Iraq? How had they gotten there? Who were they working for? Consumed by these questions, award-winning investigative journalist Cam Simpson embarked on a journey to find answers, a decade-long odyssey that would uncover a web of evil spanning the globe—and trigger a chain of events involving a brave young widow, three indefatigable human rights lawyers, and a formidable multinational corporation with deep governmental ties.

       A heart-rending, page-turning narrative, The Girl from Kathmandu is a story of death and life—of the war in Iraq, the killings of the twelve Nepalese, a journalist determined to uncover the truth, and a trio of human rights lawyers dedicated to finding justice.

      At its heart is one unforgettable young woman, Kamala Magar, who found the courage to face the influential men who sent her husband to his death—a model of strength hope, bravery, and an unbreakable spirit who reminds us of the power we all have to make a difference.

      The Girl from Kathmandu is the shocking story of the massacre of a group of Nepalese men working as Defense contractors for the U.S. Government during the Iraq War, and the widow who dedicated her life to finding justice for her husband and the other victims—a riveting tale of courageous heroes, human trafficking, corporate war profiteers, exploitation, and human rights in the age of global capitalism that reveals how modern power truly works.


Cam Simpson is an award winning international investigative journalist, author and editor.

Currently he is a Senior Editor and Reporter for investigations at Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and Bloomberg News based in London, where he’s worked since 2010. His investigations for the magazine have included exposing Fortune 500 companies facilitating heroin and meth production by Mexican drug cartels; debt labor and human trafficking behind some of the world’s most iconic tech, including Apple’s iPhone; and a secret alliance between pollsters and hedge funds that netted them hundreds of millions of dollars when the Brexit vote caused the largest crash of any major currency in modern history.

Previously, Cam was the Jerusalem Bureau Chief and a Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, and covered U.S. foreign policy and national security for the Chicago Tribune from its Washington bureau following 9/11. He also did international investigations for the Tribune and covered federal crime and organized crime for the paper in Chicago. His award-winning investigations for the Tribune exposed the exploitation and human-trafficking of thousands of migrants from impoverished countries to work on U.S. military bases under Halliburton during the Iraq War, and the Bush Administration’s quiet campaign to target more than 14,000 Muslim men for deportation after 9/11, without netting any terrorism charges.

Prior to joining the Tribune, he covered federal crime for the Chicago Sun-Times, where he also did investigations into political corruption, organized crime and police corruption.

In the last two decades Cam’s reported from more than 40 countries and received more than 20 top honors, including three awards and two citations from the Overseas Press Club of America; two George Polk Awards; the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award; and the Barlett & Steele Gold Award for Investigative Business Journalism.

Cam grew up outside of Chicago and lives in London with his partner and their daughter.


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