The United States of Wal-Mart

The United States of Wal-Mart

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An irreverent, hard-hitting examination of the world's largest-and most reviled-corporation, which reveals that while Wal-Mart's dominance may be providing consumers with cheap goods and plentiful jobs, it may also be breeding a culture of discontent. It employs one of every 115 American workers. If it were a nation-state, it would be one of the world's top twenty economies. With yearly sales of nearly $260 billion and an average way of $8 an hour, Wal-Mart represents an unprecedented-and perhaps unstoppable-force in capitalism. And there have been few corporations that have evoked the same levels of reverence and ire. The United States of Wal-Mart is a hard-hitting examination of how Sam Walton's empire has infiltrated not just the geography of America but also its consciousness. Peeling away layers of propaganda and politics, investigative journalist John Dicker reveals an American (and, increasingly, a global) story that has no clear-cut villains or heroes-one that could be the confused, complicated story of America itself. Pitched battles between economic progress and quality of life, between the preservation of regional identity and national homogeneity, and between low prices and the dignity of the American worker are beginning to coalesce into an all-out war to define our modern era. And, Dicker argues, Wal-Mart is winning. Revealing that the company's business practices have been shaping American culture, including the nation's social, political, and industrial policy, The United States of Wal-Mart provides fresh insight into a controversy that isn't going away.... to letter in both football and basketball, coming off the bench to play guard for the undefeated state championship hoops team. Walton graduated from high school in 1936, having been awarded a yearbook designation quite suited for a future ... in the campus Christian organization, was president of the student body, and was also part of the elite ROTC honor society, ... Sam Walton had headed north to Des Moines and the J. C. Penney management-training program, where he spentanbsp;...


Title:The United States of Wal-Mart
Author: John Dicker
Publisher:Penguin - 2005-06-16
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