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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    Very well-written, detailed history of an era and a man. Growing

    Very well-written, detailed history of an era and a man. Growing up in Chicago, I have been a long-time customer of Marshall Field's
    and had heard of Mr. Selfridge, but had not really developed an interest in him until I happened to catch an episode of the PBS series.
    At first, I thought that the book would be yet another condensation of a man's life and would not have a comprehensive portrait of the time period
    but this book was richly detailed, extremely well-written and researched. It illustrates the history of the retail environment, the context of the
    time, and delves into the rise and fall of a remarkable man who ultimately gave away all that he had spent his life creating. It is insightful and  well worth reading. I think it is much better than the series that was based on the book,  so much so that I wish they had  kept the integrity of the book and of the man's story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Interesting view of the times.

    The TV series took bits and pieces from the events in this book and wove them together into historical fiction. This book talks not only of Mr. Selfridge and the store, but the changes the Industrial Revolution made, changes in women's clothing styles, the changes that came about because of the World War, etc.

    If you like reading about the late 1800s and early 1900s and the many changes that were taking place in society it is fascinating. If you wanted a book that focused mainly on Mr. Selfridge and the activities of his family you will be disappointed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Very informative book

    I had never herd of George Selfridge until I accidently saw an episode of Selfridge on PBS. Seeing the episode got me interested in finding out about Selfridge, so I purchased Shopping, Seduction & Mr.
    Selfridge. I found the book very informative and learned quite a bit about the man and the development of the retail industry. Selfridge was certainly a man ahead of his time.

    Lindy Woodhead does a great job of bringing the man to life. I was especially fascinated by all the historical figures he came into contact with and who played a part in the development of his department store. Figures like Anna Pavlova, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Lindberg and many others played a part in his life.

    The book was well written. My only complaint was the author seemed to resort to a lot of name-dropping of many people of whom I not knowledge or interest.

    All in all a good read and a helpful accompaniment to the PBS series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 1, 2013

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