Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture

Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture

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by William R. Leach
     
 

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This monumental work of cultural history was nominated for a National Book Award. It chronicles America's transformation, beginning in 1880, into a nation of consumers, devoted to a cult of comfort, bodily well-being, and endless acquisition. 24 pages of photos.  See more details below

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This monumental work of cultural history was nominated for a National Book Award. It chronicles America's transformation, beginning in 1880, into a nation of consumers, devoted to a cult of comfort, bodily well-being, and endless acquisition. 24 pages of photos.

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"An extraordinary work of history, imaginatively conceived, thoroughly researched and absorbingly written. William Leach allows us to see the production of mass consumer culture and to see it whole, in its richness and its poverty. It is a fascinating and troubling tale, and Leach tells it with exceptional skill and sensitivity." —Jean-Christophe Agnew, Yale University

"A major reinterpretation of our cultural experience, Land of Desire is a brilliant, evocative, and highly readable study by an original, honest and courageous historian who has seen to the heart of American commercial culture. In a society in debt to the licentious 1980s and unfortunately still attempting to achieve social justice though endless growth, this is required reading."—Mary O. Furner, University of California, Santa Barbara

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This NBA nominee is an outstanding cultural history of America's turn-of-the-century transformation into a nation of consumers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679754114
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
287,861
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.15(d)

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Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, interesting, I learned a lot. This book will help you understand how and why business is so influential in our government.