The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$9.97
(Save 41%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 88%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (60) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $3.99   
  • Used (57) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$3.99
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(1015)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2006-06-30 Paperback New New Item. Item delivered via UPS in 7-9 business days. Tracking available by request Ships from US. Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery outside US.

Ships from: Appleton, WI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$4.75
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(299)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 0470039205 This is a trade paperback.

Ships from: Staten Island, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$5.03
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(68)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 0470039205 New Unread Book. (Thank you for shopping from us. Order inquiries handled promptly. )

Ships from: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

Praise for THE TRAVELS OF A T-SHIRT IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

"Engrossing . . . (Rivoli) goes wherever the T-shirt goes, and there are surprises around every corner . . . full of memorable characters and vivid scenes."

Time

"An engaging and illuminating saga. . . . Rivoli follows her T-shirt along its route, but that is like saying that Melville follows his whale. . . . Her nuanced and fair-minded approach is all the more powerful for eschewing the pretense of ideological absolutism, and her telescopic look through a single industry has all the makings of an economics classic."

The New York Times

"Rarely is a business book so well written that one would gladly stay up all night to finish it. Pietra Rivoli's The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is just such a page-turner."

CIO magazine

"Succeeds admirably . . . T-shirts may not have changed the world, but their story is a useful account of how free trade and protectionism certainly have."

Financial Times

"[A] fascinating exploration of the history, economics, and politics of world trade . . . The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is a thought-provoking yarn that exhibits the ugly, the bad, and the good of globalization, and points to the unintended positive consequences of the clash between proponents and opponents of free trade."

Star-Telegram (Fort Worth)

"Part travelogue, part history, and part economics, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is ALL storytelling, and in the grand style. A must-read."

—Peter J.Dougherty, Senior Economics Editor, Princeton University Press author of Who's Afraid of Adam Smith?

"A readable and evenhanded treatment of the complexities of free trade . . . As Rivoli repeatedly makes clear, there is absolutely nothing free about free trade except the slogan."

San Francisco Chronicle

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
The protagonist of this highly informative and entertaining book is a $6 T-shirt purchased in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Georgetown economist Rivoli uses her T-shirt as a vehicle for telling an analytic story about its life — from the cotton fields of Texas to either its proud purchase by a Tanzanian villager or its sale as mattress filler, depending on its condition when discarded by its American owner. Along the way, she explores the history of cotton production and the cotton textile industry and evaluates the misguided and often absurd U.S. textile policy over the past half century, up to the end of 2004, when the multilateral Multifiber Arrangement (which inadvertently created many more jobs in not-quite-competitive developing countries than it preserved in the United States) expired. Rivoli draws heavily on her own interviews and on anthropological as well as economic literature, which gives her tale a human touch. She shows how despite the awful working conditions in apparel factories, in both historical America and contemporary poor countries the jobs they offered were often liberating to young women, who preferred the sweatshops to the stifling life they otherwise would have had to endure on the farm.
From the Publisher
Praise for THE TRAVELS OF A T-SHIRT IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

"Engrossing . . . (Rivoli) goes wherever the T-shirt goes, and there are surprises around every corner . . . full of memorable characters and vivid scenes."
Time

"An engaging and illuminating saga. . . . Rivoli follows her T-shirt along its route, but that is like saying that Melville follows his whale. . . . Her nuanced and fair-minded approach is all the more powerful for eschewing the pretense of ideological absolutism, and her telescopic look through a single industry has all the makings of an economics classic."
The New York Times

"Rarely is a business book so well written that one would gladly stay up all night to finish it. Pietra Rivoli's The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is just such a page-turner."
CIO magazine

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470039205
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Pietra Rivoli, PhD, is Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where she specializes in international business, finance, and social issues in business. Travels of a T-Shirt has won numerous awards and has been translated into fourteen languages.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.

Prologue.

PART I: KING COTTON. 

Chapter 1: How America Has Dominated the Global Cotton Industry for 200 Years.

Chapter 2: The History of American Cotton.

Chapter 3: Back at the Reinsch Farm.

Chapter 4: All God's Dangers Ain't the Subsidies.

PART II: MADE IN CHINA.

Chapter 5: Cotton Comes to China.

Chapter 6: The Long Race to the Bottom.

Chapter 7: Sisters in Time.

Chapter 8: The Unwitting Conspiracy.

PART III: TROUBLE AT THE BORDER.

Chapter 9: Returning to America.

Chapter 10: Dogs Snarling Together.

Chapter 11: Perverse Effects and Unintended Consequences of T-Shirt Trade Policy.

Chapter 12: 45 Clears of “Temporary” Protectionism Ends in 2009—Now What?

PART IV: MY T-SHIRT FINALLY ENCOUNTERS A FREE MARKET.

Chapter 13: Where T-shirts Go after the Salvation Army Bin.

Chapter 14: How Small Entrepreneurs Clothe east Africa with Old American T-Shirts.

Chapter 15: Mitumba: Friend or Foe to Africa?

Conclusion.

Acknowledgments.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 16 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(9)

4 Star

(5)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 19 of 17 Customer Reviews
  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Could be better

    I had high hopes for this book before reading it. It starts off as a good chronicle of the life and death of her T-shirt, but then morphs into a textbook. She could use a fact checker. I was surprised to read that Dr. Chu was named to be head of EPA in Obama administration. He, in fact, is secretary of the energy department.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    A book about world trade that non-economists can enjoy.

    I really enjoyed this book because it reads like a travel journal of an American t-shirt. The main character is the t-shirt and the reader follows the t-shirt's journey beginning in the U.S. and travelling across continents. The author introduces us to real characters involved in the making of the t-shirt who are both personal and engaging. At the same time, the author provides economic and political analysis to support her story. Some readers who may be less interested in the economic data can skim through these details, however, the end result is a comprehensive understanding of the economic and political forces behind the making of the classic American t-shirt.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Immensely Intriguing Book

    Free trade, policies, regulations, globalisation, and relative wealth. The author did a great job in making these topics eye openers. A very thought provoking book on these subjects as well for people like me who were anti-globalist.<BR/><BR/>The book is about as exciting as it gets for an economics related book. This book would be great for Philosophy and Political Science readers/majors/students and I would highly recommend this book for all to read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Author Rivoli IS Accountable

    I am very impressed with this book-I am reviewing it for my book group soon. The fact that she would update information on the net, following her book, is outstanding.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    Makes Economics Fascinating and Personal

    I have never taken an economics course, and I am not at all sure why I decided to read this book, but I loved it. By focusing each section on a few people whose lives exemplified the principles emphasized, the principles became understandable and interesting. Fascinating historical tidbits are scattered throughout. It was clearly written, and had a helpful summary at the end. I have told many of my friends how informative this book was for me and have recommended it to my book club, and we will discuss it in March. I would recommend it to anyone.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    Outstanding!

    If you are taking Economics, it's an EXTREMELY helpful book. It really takes you deep into hard times and money problems.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2006

    My shirt has seen more of the world than I have!

    Overall a good book. I encourage people to read the book, just to look at the impact U.S Policy and U.S. Trade regulations can have on an industry.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    T-shirt's Travels Tell of World Trade

    In 1999, author Pietra Rivoli attended a Washington, D.C. demonstration against globalization. A young woman asked the crowd, 'Who made your T-shirt?' before she described worldwide labor abuses and mistreatment of garment workers. That shouted question and the assumptions implicit in it stimulated the author¿s imagination. She decided to find the answer. Her compelling book tracks T-shirts from the Texas cotton fields, through manufacturing in China, to consumers in the U.S. and to Africa¿s used clothing market. In this interesting, original approach to the issues of globalization and industrialization, Rivoli shows the economic, political and social forces that come to bear on a T-shirt. Through she can¿t literally track a single shirt step-by-step, she sustains that metaphor. Buying a shirt, she works her way backward in time and space to find its origins, or the origins (and eventual lifespan and demise) of such T-shirts, by relying on inference, deduction and reasonable assumption. Her most stunning, most negative conclusion is that - despite debates over free trade and allegedly exploitative markets - everyone involved seems devoted to avoiding market forces altogether. We say this book deserves its own T-shirt with 'Must Read' on the front and 'Highly Recommended' on the back.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    MUST-READ FOR ALL AMERICANS

    Mark Twain once said everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it. Similarly, everyone wears t-shirts but hardly anyone understands where they come from or how they got here. Thankfully, Pietra Rivoli has demystified the subject in a way that is informative and interesting. One part social history, one part human interest, one part trade policy primer, this book tells a story in a way that is engaging, instructive, and revelatory. Whether you are a teenager shopping at A & F, someone interested in history, or a seasoned business executive (like me), I guarantee this book will make you alter your perception and inform your daily life.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 19 of 17 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)