Firestone and the Warlord 1x83
“…an example of the reason we bother to scrutinize history.” – The New York Times
“Meticulous … offers a sobering but necessary history lesson. And however much Firestone tries to finesse its involvement, for the purposes of this discussion, the sorry state of the nation in which it continues to operate is, ultimately, where the rubber meets the road.” – Variety
2015 Emmy® Award – Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form
2015 Emmy® Award – Outstanding Research
In Firestone and the Warlord, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the secret relationship between the American tire company Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. The investigation is a revelatory window into how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war, drawing on previously unreported diplomatic cables, court documents, and inside accounts from Americans who helped run the company’s rubber plantation as Liberia descended into chaos. With all eyes on Liberia as the country battles the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history, Firestone and the Warlord shines new light on the country’s history and its civil war—a conflict that left lasting scars on the country’s infrastructure and psyche—and raises provocative questions about corporate responsibility, accountability, and the ethical ramifications of doing business in conflict zones.
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