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The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change
 
 

The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change [Kindle Edition]

Annie Leonard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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The book may be recycled, but Leonard's passion is new and refreshing. --Geographical

A potentially important book that brings a great many facts and arguments into a single volume. --Irish Examiner

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Annie Leonard, creator of the internet film sensation "The Story of Stuff", viewed over 6 million times, offers an astonishing, galvanizing book that tells the story of all the 'stuff' we use everyday - where our bottled water, mobile phones and jeans come from, how they're made and distributed, and where they really go when we throw them away. Our out-of-control consumption habits are killing the planet and threatening our health, but Annie provides hope that change is within reach. Like "An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring", "The Story of Stuff" will be an instant classic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 143912566X
  • Publisher: Free Press (9 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0033DDIZU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory reading 13 Jan 2011
By Emily
Format:Paperback
This is the first time I've written an Amazon review, but I really feel that this book it worth it.

It's written in a style which is very clear to understand, occasionally chatty and you do get a sense of Leonard's personality. So far, it sounds like countless other books on this sort of thing out there - but here's where it raises itself up above them: Leonard really knows her stuff. The book is full of facts, clearly explained and followed through. She has spent her working life on these issues and knows them back-to-front. She seems to understand the problems with the 'green' movement, but elucidates the solutions for us.

I really feel this should be essential reading for everyone from 6th form age (16) upwards. The only con I have with it is the cover (I'm talking about the UK edition): I know Leonard made an animated film of this before she wrote the book, and hence the cartoonish cover, but it did make me feel a bit silly on the tube - it's childish looking which totally belies the content.

Worth your pennies!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn about consumption 12 April 2010
By John W
Format:Hardcover
A great book that details the who, what, where, how and why of our daily consumption. Funny yet serious, revealing but not dogmatic, it's a book that asks us to think about what we are doing on this planet.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 26 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a well researched, important book. It is very rigorous in its exploration of all aspects of consumer culture and should be compulsory reading! Amazing, eye-opening, life-changing. Please read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More stuff 2 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It felt odd to buy a book to find out how we are all buying too much stuff, but it was well-worth it. It is well-written, detailed but not dull, and I learned a great deal from reading it. I hope I will put some of the recommendations into practice. And I will pass the book on for someone else to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Excellent 30 Aug 2010
By A. Sipf
Format:Paperback
I haven't even finished reading it all, but it is wonderful. The amount of information (all referenced I might add), and personal experiences makes it superb. I really enjoyed the video, and have even included it in my curriculum at the university. This book will be on the syllabus this year as well. Eye-opening and informative...even if you already know a lot about these issues as I do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Book 21 Aug 2011
By MarcoMC
Format:MP3 CD
If you have ever cared about the nature but you were shy to express it or talk with your friends and family about we could make the world a better place with small daily changes... then this is the book you must listen/read to because it will clarify many dark aspects of the today's ecology and will give you the tools to make the people to listed to what you have to say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 12 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
this book has so much to offer. So many things to be learnt from this book! It is quite fun to read it as well. I like the way she brings up the issues! I think everyone should read it! I can not imagine anyone being not satisfied with this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Energising 22 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Great book, although not exactly light reading, although it does get most read at bedtime (!). Inspiration to consider your purchases more carefully and to be more thoughtful about the resources which have gone into making the products we buy. This is a very US centric book, which may be offputting to UK/European readers, and for me as a Brit some parts of the analysis were not relevant. I got this book out of the library, which is surely what Annie's preference would be given her stance on sharing assets. I recommend it as a book to make consumers think, although sadly the book is likely to be preaching to the already converted, now, so maybe we should be plugging the links to the short films that Annue has made on You Tube to spread the word further. One final thing, I know understand the anger and mistrust of the World Bank and WTO - thank you Annie for giving it both the background and the actual experience
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A little heavy going but quite interesting/scary. If you ...
A little heavy going but quite interesting/scary.
If you thought about the production of everything you bought, you woul dnever buy anything!!
Published 2 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a lady....and the truth and compassion behind her...
This lady has an encyclopedic knowledge of this the most fundamental issue of our time. Stuff...and our addiction to the like, sadly! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Nigel D. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book !
Buy it ! Makes you think for sure. Great book. You won't buy bottled water again, or half of the useless junk that you currently do - saving you a load of cash too in the process.
Published 2 months ago by Mark Von W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and fascinating.
Written by someone who has thoroughly researched where things we buy come from and where they end up and the effects this has which we do not see. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars A Present
This book was also a present for one of my friends and she found it very interesting. She is now looking forward to her Birthday as I have promised her a follow up of the same... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening insight into what goes into the making of everyday...
In the fantasy world of "The Matrix" energy from human beings is drained from their bodies to power the ruling machines. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nigel Braggins
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
It is very informative and brings to light many aspects of consumerism that constantly go unnoticed or are never considered. Read more
Published 16 months ago by W. Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars stuff and nonsense
Don't expect any science or engineering in this green manual. The book by Leonard is a diatribe against modern technology, which fails miserably in its flawed and mistaken... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Dr. P. R. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational
Annie Leonard's "The Story Of Stuff" is an entertaining, informative and thought-provoking book. It makes you realise how much crap we have that we don't need and how much the crap... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by eck4355
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book!
brilliant book, and though it isn't a easy topic, it is a easy read!
Well done to the author.
Published on 10 Feb 2011 by Susanne Zels
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