Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture

The High Cost of Discount Culture
 
 
Penguin USA (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 29. Juni 2010
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 296 Seiten
978-0-14-311763-6 (ISBN)
 
A myth-shattering investigation of the true cost of America's passion for finding a better bargain

From the shuttered factories of the Rust Belt to the strip malls of the Sun Belt-and almost everywhere in between-America has been transformed by its relentless fixation on low price. This pervasive yet little- examined obsession with bargains is arguably the most powerful and devastating market force of our time, having fueled an excess of consumerism that blights our land­scapes, escalates personal debt, lowers our standard of living, and even skews of our concept of time.

Spotlighting the peculiar forces that drove Americans away from quality, durability, and craftsmanship and towards quantity, quantity, and more quantity, Ellen Ruppel Shell traces the rise of the bargain through our current big-box profusion to expose the astronomically high cost of cheap.
  • Englisch
  • New York
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  • USA
Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Höhe: 213 mm
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  • Breite: 141 mm
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  • Dicke: 20 mm
  • 302 gr
978-0-14-311763-6 (9780143117636)
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Ellen Ruppel Shell is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Time, Discover, Seed, and dozens of other national publications. She is the author, most recently, of The Hungry Gene, which was published in six languages, and is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Knight Center for Science and Medical Journalism at Boston University.

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