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Edited by one of the nation’s preeminent labor historians, this book marks an ambitious effort to dissect the full extent of Wal-Mart’s business operations, its social effects, and its role in the U.S. and world economy. Wal-Mart is based on a spring 2004 conference of leading historians, business analysts, sociologists, and labor leaders that immediately attracted the att Edited by one of the nation’s preeminent labor historians, this book marks an ambitious effort to dissect the full extent of Wal-Mart’s business operations, its social effects, and its role in the U.S. and world economy. Wal-Mart is based on a spring 2004 conference of leading historians, business analysts, sociologists, and labor leaders that immediately attracted the attention of the national media, drawing profiles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Review of Books. Their contributions are adapted here for a general audience. At the end of the nineteenth century the Pennsylvania Railroad declared itself “the standard of the world.” In more recent years, IBM and then Microsoft seemed the template for a new, global information economy. But at the dawn of the twentyndash;first century, Wal-Mart has overtaken all rivals as the world-transforming economic institution of our time. Presented in an accessible format and extensively illustrated with charts and graphs, Wal-Mart examines such topics as the giant retailer’s managerial culture, revolutionary use of technological innovation, and controversial pay and promotional practices to provide the most complete guide yet available to America’s largest company.


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Edited by one of the nation’s preeminent labor historians, this book marks an ambitious effort to dissect the full extent of Wal-Mart’s business operations, its social effects, and its role in the U.S. and world economy. Wal-Mart is based on a spring 2004 conference of leading historians, business analysts, sociologists, and labor leaders that immediately attracted the att Edited by one of the nation’s preeminent labor historians, this book marks an ambitious effort to dissect the full extent of Wal-Mart’s business operations, its social effects, and its role in the U.S. and world economy. Wal-Mart is based on a spring 2004 conference of leading historians, business analysts, sociologists, and labor leaders that immediately attracted the attention of the national media, drawing profiles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Review of Books. Their contributions are adapted here for a general audience. At the end of the nineteenth century the Pennsylvania Railroad declared itself “the standard of the world.” In more recent years, IBM and then Microsoft seemed the template for a new, global information economy. But at the dawn of the twentyndash;first century, Wal-Mart has overtaken all rivals as the world-transforming economic institution of our time. Presented in an accessible format and extensively illustrated with charts and graphs, Wal-Mart examines such topics as the giant retailer’s managerial culture, revolutionary use of technological innovation, and controversial pay and promotional practices to provide the most complete guide yet available to America’s largest company.

30 review for Wal-Mart: The Face Of Twenty-First-Century Capitalism

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Wal-Mart! The myth, the legend, the face of 21st century capitalism. This is the company that defines retail as we know it. I was once asked if this book was "for or against" Wal-Mart. To say both might not be completely true. While the contributors to this collection point out pros to the Wal-Mart Effect, they seem rather quaint and are ultimately buried by the cons. Rock-bottom wages, meager benefits, encouraged sex discrimination and invasion of privacy, Chinese sweatshops, off-the-clock work Wal-Mart! The myth, the legend, the face of 21st century capitalism. This is the company that defines retail as we know it. I was once asked if this book was "for or against" Wal-Mart. To say both might not be completely true. While the contributors to this collection point out pros to the Wal-Mart Effect, they seem rather quaint and are ultimately buried by the cons. Rock-bottom wages, meager benefits, encouraged sex discrimination and invasion of privacy, Chinese sweatshops, off-the-clock work requirements, employee humiliation and alienation, environmental disregard, the list just keeps on goin'. There's no way around it, Wal-Mart's doing a bang-up job ruining peoples lives, but don't worry they're good for families. Sure, Wal-Mart's made some great technological advancements and contributions to retail, but even these have worked against their employees. This is capitalism at its finest. The book covers a whole range of topics related to Wal-Mart. If you're an econ/business dunce like me then some spots will become tough to understand and far less interesting. But when an essay catches your attention it's great. Most of the time the book is great.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    • An outstanding collection of essays that firmly fit Wal-Mart inside a well-defined context. If you want to understand Wal-Mart's relationship to the world at-large, reading this book is a great way to start. •

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Faberson

    Nuff said.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I ended up skimming portions of this since I've already read about Walmart. This was interesting, mostly because of my job-related relationship to Walmart. Certainly more historical, not biased.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    sociology

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