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The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And How We Can Make It Better

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13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

This is a real winner

There are so many reasons I love this book. Its fair, its enlightening, its wise, its well written, its full of documented facts that make me a wiser person, caring person, happier person. In the introduction she notes, '1. I'm not against Stuff. In fact I'm pro-Stuff! ...
There are so many reasons I love this book. Its fair, its enlightening, its wise, its well written, its full of documented facts that make me a wiser person, caring person, happier person. In the introduction she notes, '1. I'm not against Stuff. In fact I'm pro-Stuff! I want us to value our Stuff more, to care for it, to give it the respect it deserves. I want us to recognize that each thing we buy involved all sorts of resources and labor. Someone minded the earth for the metals in your cell phone; someone unloaded the bales from the cotton gin for your T-shirt. Someone in a factory assembled that pair of sunglasses, and they might have been exposed to carcinogens or forced to work over-time.'

posted by MotherLodeBeth on April 7, 2010

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2 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Waste of money

Don' waste you money. Difficult to read...Name and organization & it is being blamed for the worlds problems (walmart, imf, nra, spca. Not very objective & facts were twisted to the writers viewpoint...

posted by 220119 on May 7, 2010

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    This is a real winner

    There are so many reasons I love this book. Its fair, its enlightening, its wise, its well written, its full of documented facts that make me a wiser person, caring person, happier person. In the introduction she notes, '1. I'm not against Stuff. In fact I'm pro-Stuff! I want us to value our Stuff more, to care for it, to give it the respect it deserves. I want us to recognize that each thing we buy involved all sorts of resources and labor. Someone minded the earth for the metals in your cell phone; someone unloaded the bales from the cotton gin for your T-shirt. Someone in a factory assembled that pair of sunglasses, and they might have been exposed to carcinogens or forced to work over-time.'

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    The Best Book Ever....

    This book is such an eye-opening, and so inspiring. Every single person on Earth should read it. This book helps you treat our ONLY Earth a little more carefully, and not take it for granted. Thank you Annie Leonard. I wish there were more people like you in every country and its govt.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Excelent book!

    Veryinformative and not too wonky or naggy!

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Annie Leonard is My Hero!

    This is the best book I have picked up in a while. Ms. Leonard's ability to tie together so many complex and interrelated topics is incredible. Her big picture view with all the facts and details to back it up has changed my consumer ways already. What I find inspiring is that she can make the complex seem simple, the impossible seem feasible, and moves an otherwise depressing topic into a way to empower all people. She should get the Nobel Peace Prize for her work. Read it, get empowered, and change this world!

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    awesome book!

    what a closed minded person might misunderstand as 'liberal nonsense' is actually a really eye opening piece. the facts are there and they are all easily backed up by scientific facts as well as the opinions of many well known professors and scientists. this book can really help one look at the system hollistically instead of simply examining our end of the spectrum. best $10 i ever spent.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

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    Challenging Mass Consumerism

    We live in a disposable society, which might not matter if we didn't live in a finite world. Annie Leonard, writer and producer of the now renowned The Story of Stuff video has addressed a deeply polarizing topic. Her informative and non-shaming approach to the global issues of mass consumerism challenges us to think about the way we live our lives. Written in a conversational tone, Leonard manages to incorporate economics, politics, and environmental science in a format which everyone can understand. If we want to make a difference, we must first comprehend the magnitude of the problems caused by our love affair with stuff.

    The Story of Stuff offers to change our lives for the better, if only we pick up the call. One person alone cannot combat our global demise, but together, we might just make a difference.

    Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of the book was provided by Free Press.

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