The collaborative project with PBS Frontline offered the first detailed examination of the iconic tire company's role in Liberia’s brutal civil war. As T. Christian Miller, Jonathan Jones, Marcela Gaviria and Will Cohen unveiled over a longform investigation and in-depth documentary, Firestone needed Liberia and its rubber while Charles Taylor, an ambitious rebel leader, needed Firestone for his eventual rise to power. Their painstaking reporting brought to light how the killer and the corporation found a way to make peace as war consumed the rest of the country.
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