According to the united nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South. In this
brilliant and ambitious book, Mike Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban
world. From the sprawling barricadas of Lima to the garbage hills of Manila, urbanization has been disconnected from
industrialization, and even from economic growth. Davis portrays a vast humanity warehoused in shantytowns and exiled
from the formal world economy. He argues that the rise of this informal urban proletariat is a wholly unforeseen
development, and asks whether the great slums, as a terrified Victorian middle class once imagined, are volcanoes
waiting to erupt.