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|Introduction : the United States of Wal-Mart||1|
|1||Size matters (now more than ever)||9|
|2||"Most versatile boy" : how Sam Walton became an ethos||33|
|3||The growth machine||54|
|4||Wal-Marts behaving badly, I||79|
|5||Wal-Marts behaving badly, II||90|
|6||Proceeds from the sale of this item help move jobs to Guangdong! : Wal-Mart goes global||113|
|8||It's Wal-Mart world after all||142|
|9||Taming the beast||160|
|10||Race, class, and cul-de-sac radicals : saying no to Wal-Mart||178|
|11||Land of the white, blue, and you||206|
Posted May 21, 2012
I first shopped at a Wal-Mart south of Moore, Okla., in 1983. I had just been assigned to Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City. That store must have been one of the handful of original Wal-Marts. In any case, the retail giant (as the author of this fine book makes clear) has killed untold numbers of downtowns across the U.S. And even independent, locally owned and operated groceries like Agosti's in Hometown, Pa.have shutdown soon after a Wal-Mart Supercenter opened nearby. So, before you visit a Supercenter, give this book a read and you wil lhave second thoughts.
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Posted November 7, 2005
There are a lot of things to dislike about Wal-Mart, which is why I choose not to shop there. But Mr. Dicker's book is fraught with ignorance. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chapter 9, wherein the author feigns shock that a Democrat would be elected to congress in 1930's Texas - surely no surprise if one knows anything of the history of the American political parties. Then he goes on to cite the congressional movement against grocery giant A&P, bemoaning the lack of a similar movement against Wal-Mart today. Lost in his argument is the fact that A&P, like all business behemoths, eventually faded without legislative intrusion. As will Wal-Mart in due time.
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