From the Publisher
Review from Publishers Weekly
"First-Quarter profits at Wal-Mart stores are up nearly 40%. Company revenues are over $100 billion a year, and Wall Street is perfectly in love with the national mass merchandiser. But ask 86-year-old Texas journalist Bill Quinn what he thinks of "The World's Largest Retailer" and he'll tell you that good news for Wal-Mart is bad news for small-town America."
"His News appears in his new book, How Wal-Mart is Destroying America and What You Can Do About It. Quinn has been an editor and a trade industry newsletter publisher in Texas for more than 60 years. In the book, he claims in no uncertain terms that Wal-Mart is a hypocritical economic predator that is destroying the downtown retailing economies of small-town America by lying to local governments about the company's economic benefits, shamelessly exploiting its employees and using unscrupulous but quasi-legal business practices--and that is just the first chapter. In later chapters he covers the "7 Things That Happen When Wal-Mart comes to Town"(among them are"jobs are lost"; "taxpayers pay for the disaster"; and "Wal-Mart moves on")and"7 Ways Wal-Mart is Bad to the Bone"("sweatshop labor," overcharging the consumer and "a rotten record with women and minorities"). Quinn's reports come from interviews, public records and news reports detailing the darker side of the late Sam Walton's empire. The book ends with a chapter called "12 Ways You Can Fight Back" in which Quinn outlines how to keep the retailer out--and documents communities that have succeeded."(Publishers Weekly)
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