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One Nation under Goods: Malls and the Seductions of American Shopping
Loved and hated, visited and avoided, seemingly everywhere yet endlessly the same, malls occupy a special place in American life. What, then, is this invention that evokes such strong and contradictory emotions in Americans? In many ways malls represent the apotheosis of American consumerism, and this synthetic and wide-ranging investigation is an eye-popping tour of Ameri ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 17th 2003 by Smithsonian
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Pretty good look at many aspects of American shopping malls, though now a bit dated (2003) given how many traditional shopping malls are declining (no talk of "dead malls," though there's a little about mall reuse). Recommended for anyone into books about consumerism and retail history.