The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman
How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and HowIt's Transforming the American Economy

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By the end of this fascinating book it becomes clear that the bad guys are us.


Wal-Mart isn’t just the world’s biggest company, it is probably the world’s most written-about. But no book until this one has managed to penetrate its wall of silence or go beyond the usual polemics to analyze its actual effects on its customers, workers, and suppliers. Drawing on unprecedented interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a wealth of staggering data (e.g., Americans spend $36 million an hour at Wal-Mart stores, and in 2004 its growth alone was bigger than the total revenue of 469 of the Fortune 500), The Wal-Mart Effect is an intimate look at a business that is dramatically reshaping our lives.

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Charles Fishman is the author of The Wal-Mart Effect, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week bestseller, as well as a finalist for the Goldman Sachs-“Financial Times” Business Book of the Year award in 2006. Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for The Washington Post. Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company. He has won numerous awards, including twice winning UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding business writing, the most prestigious award in business journalism. His story about bottled water, “Message in a Bottle,” was a finalist for the 2008 Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing, and a finalist for New York’s Deadline Club Award for magazine writing.
Published January 19, 2006 by Penguin Books. 340 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Christopher Roland on Oct 22 2008

By the end of this fascinating book it becomes clear that the bad guys are us.

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