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How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It

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After carving up the once lovingly cared-for downtowns of Small Town America, Wal-Mart launched a frontal assault on mom-and-pop businesses all over the globe. With 1.5 million employees operating more than 3, 500 stores, Wal-Mart is now the world'?s largest private employer. In this third edition of How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America (and the World), intrepid Texas newspa ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Ten Speed Press (first published April 1st 1998)
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Feb 14, 2010 Werner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any readers who care about justice, democracy and the future of their community
Shelves: other-nonfiction
It would be hard to improve on the above description. Salty octogenarian Texas journalist Quinn is one of the retailing Goliath's severest critics, and his newspaper background stands him in good stead in digging out the solid facts of his story and presenting them in a clear, cogent fashion. He stops short of calling for a complete boycott of Wal-mart, recognizing the difficulties that might pose for many readers (I personally boycott this scourge of our country and its economy, but the rest of ...more
Mar 26, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
Diminutive in size, this book houses acres upon acres of all the crap the Wal-Mart phenomena has spread throughout the country. Having grown up in Texas when the invasion began (originally they purposely stayed away from the larger cities in order to drain the smaller towns of their extant retail – all under the banner of being a small town community friend) and later living dangerously close to their crummy empire – all in addition to having a spouse briefly employed by these grease balls – I t ...more
Oct 02, 2007 Lara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Wal-Mart Haters
I wrote my senior thesis on how Wal-Mart wreaks havoc on small-town America. This book gives regular people insight into the workings of the most powerful company in the world, and the questionable business practices it has used to get and stay there.
Aug 19, 2007 Sabiel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: labor activists, NIMBYs
Shelves: read-non-fiction
It's a tad bit sensationalist, but very informative. Entertaining, yet scary. Don't try giving it to your Republican friends, though. Could spark some nasty arguments involving your allegiance to capitalism, and therefore America. Sigh.
Apr 01, 2016 Megalion rated it really liked it
Author does a good job of laying out Walmart's predatory practices. However, I gave it 4 stars over 5 because I think it could have been better and more detailed. I'd like to have seen more about what other harmful things they do besides destroy local economies and abuse their workforces.

For example, I recently read a book about the guy who walked the full length of the Amazon. He mentions that some of the areas being deforested was for cattle... and Walmart was one of the three big corporations
Kati Giblin
Apr 21, 2009 Kati Giblin rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Very, very poorly written. But I enjoyed the facts, the anecdotes, and the message, so I enjoyed the book.
May 08, 2012 Shelley rated it it was ok
This book was written in 2000, so very dated, not to mention the author has since died. A lot has changed in the 12 years since he wrote this book. I can't help but think, what would he write about Walmart today, especially when so many other stores have gone the same route? Every large store today has a pharmacy, restaurant(s), photo lab, eye wear, gosh, even Costco has their own gas station for crying out loud. Target and Costco are two stores off the top of my head that are also huge box stor ...more
Matthew Wanamaker
Jan 20, 2015 Matthew Wanamaker rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book contains interesting information about Wal-Mart's tactics to eliminate competing small town retailers and many other outcomes that impact a town with a Wal-Mart. It includes information from former employees, competing retailers, newspapers, and television. Much of this information in important to know, especially if a community is interested in allowing a Wal-Mart into their town. However, this book has its problems. It appeared to me that many of these arguments came to the conclusio ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Kay rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Walmart Shoppers
Recommended to Kay by: My son
Shelves: non-fiction
As much as I enjoyed this book, my husband hated it. He didn't read it, but since he is a Walmart kind of guy and I'm a Target kind of gal I felt compelled to share a lot of the book with him. I noticed by half way thru he either left the room when I picked it up or turned up the tv so he could ignore my rantings! I have to admit that I do lot of my shopping there, but my excuse is that it is right down the street from work and less than 5 miles from my home. Target is 45 miles away so with the ...more
Oct 26, 2007 Tristan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who buy things at Wal-Mart.
This book accomplishes its goal very well, giving people a bushel full of reasons on why to avoid buying (or selling) to Wal-Mart; everything from ethical to practical. However, as its only targeting Wal-Mart, it fails to adequately place Wal-Mart in the context of American capitalist-imperialism. But, as I said earlier, that's not the goal of this book. If you're organizing a campaign to either shut down a Wal-Mart, or to keep one out of your town, buy this book and give it to as many people as ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Aaron Sramek
Shelves: read-in-2010
A little outdated but still had good information. Sometime the author went a little too far with his opinion, like when he was going on about the reason you couldn't get any gold 2000 quarters was because Walmart had them all. I have no clue where he was getting this information. I never had a issue getting them and I doubt Walmart really had an evil plan to lock them all up in a vault. Otherwise I felt his opinion and examples were quite good.
Apr 07, 2008 April rated it really liked it
Be careful... if you read this book your eyes may be opened and you won't save as much money anymore. However you will learn there is a price to pay for cheap.:) Since reading this book I RARELY shop at Walmart. I did a little research of my own as well and tend to agree with the author on many of the points in this book. I may pay a little more shopping elsewhere but I feel much better about it.
Mar 20, 2013 Brandy rated it it was amazing
Yes it's dated, no it doesn't matter with the exception you can't look forward to a fourth edition from Quinn. I'd love to have another update and wish I'd found this in 98. It still gave me new ideas that I can't wait to share and implement. I recommend everyone take a few hours and see what they can learn about the Walton's business practices and what they mean for the economy in the long run.
Aug 03, 2012 James rated it liked it

I read this book because I disagreed with the title. I thought maybe I would gain some insight. I didn't change my mind but it did help me solidify my thoughts and ideas.
The margins of my book are full of comments and questions because I think the author misses the point of trade- voluntary exchange of goods and services to mutual advantage.
Aug 13, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This was the first anti-Wal-Mart book I read. It was highly readable and eye-opening. It's almost too colloquial at times, but that's not a terrible thing. Anyone who thinks Wal-Mart is benign, or even worse: beneficial, should take a gander at this book.
Gretchen Taylor
The book definitely brings up some interesting points and even if you don't agree with all of them, you can't deny that the company is doing some things it shouldn't. It confirms my dislike of them and justifies my not shopping there...
Dec 09, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
It appears that one of Walmart's main strategies is to maximize ruthlessly the amount of cost (tax, human/labor, environmental) that they can externalize. (More later...)
bangkit aditya
Feb 07, 2008 bangkit aditya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He tried to tell how evil Wal-Mart was. Since three decades ago, many moms-and-pops store forced to close itself cause of the unequal competition with that super store giant.
Mar 28, 2008 Maggie rated it really liked it
This is a great little handbook full of quick go-to facts about Wal-Mart and case studies where effective anti-Wal-mart actions are being implemented. An update would be great.
Feb 03, 2008 Leland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
This book was very satisfying, becasue I can't stand Walmart. He presents very good arguments for why we should not support this maga-retailer.
Feb 11, 2009 Jostalady rated it really liked it
I won't shop at Walmart, I spread as much as I could from this information as I can and ask people not to get me stuff from Walmart.
Jan 09, 2012 Mck rated it it was amazing
every page is chock full of reasons to hate walmart. if you spend a dime in their stores after reading this, shame on you.
Nov 01, 2007 abby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: political
everyone should read it. reinforced my reasons to NOT ever shop at Walmart and to try really hard to shop locally
Mike Farris
Dec 09, 2012 Mike Farris rated it liked it
This book is a real eye-opener to the predatory business practices of this megolomaniac.
Mar 26, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it
OF course it's good! I wish Quinn would write an updated version though.
Mar 24, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sociology
read it. Be sad. Be empowered. But most of all, be very, very afraid.
Feb 08, 2008 Sean rated it liked it
Listen America: STOP SHOPPING. We'll all be happier. Trust me.
Jan 28, 2008 Dawn rated it it was amazing
There are better places to shop than Walmart!
Aug 15, 2011 Bill rated it did not like it
Yeah we get it, you're a socialist.
Diana Cuero
Diana Cuero rated it really liked it
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