Linda Polman worked as a freelance journalist for Dutch television and radio, for European radio stations and for Dutch and Belgian newspapers and magazines. She is also a lecturer on journalism at the University of Utrecht. Her earlier books include The Floating City (1991), about journeys she made through Zaïre, Kenya and Malawi, Bot pippel (1993), a report on Haitian refugees, and We Did Nothing: Why the truth doesn’t always come out when the UN goes in (1997). For The Crisis Caravan (2008) she investigated humanitarian aid organizations. The book became an international bestseller.