This book has nearly taken as long as to read War & Peace - and it's much slimmer - her writing style is great but it's all densely argued with withering humour and acerbic analysis. Actually I run the UK Business Book Festival and I would say that this is one of the best exposes of capitalism you'll ever read. Learning what the funeral director gets up to, the psychological tricks and intricate billing style, you wonder what IFA's and insurance salespeople get up to. Mitford is so caustic, you start to feel sympathy for the American mortician and his rather simple desire to make a fast buck.
I read this book because I'm organising the first Six Feet Under Convention in August 2011, and I wanted to get an in depth knowledge of the issues in the funeral business. I've got lots of leads now. There isn't a nook or a cranny of the industry Mitford doesn't explore. You can see where Alan Ball got a lot of his ideas from.