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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (31 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742536599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742536593
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 23.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,662,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Veseth succeeds in debunking conventional wisdoms, and his digressions on such subjects as the international wine trade and French snobbery are entertaining."

"With his customary verve, Michael Veseth has launched a passionate broadside against what he calls the 'myths' of globalization. Not everyone will agree with his unorthodox views; many will be provoked. But this book deserves to reach a wide audience. In a style both witty and easily accessible, Veseth uses familiar elements of popular culture to challenge conventional thinking. Readers will feast on Globaloney." -- Benjamin J. Cohen

"Michael Veseth has written an accessible book that focuses on the inherent complexity of globalization. With clear language, gentle wit, and incisive logic, Veseth skewers the simple myths we like to believe about the interconnectedness of the world around us. However, Globaloney is more than just an aid to clear thinking, and complexity is hardly a virtue in its own right. Veseth's real aim is to help us better understand the many and conflicting ways that globalization touches on different societies and individuals. Understanding his argument is a necessary first step in the development of a 21st century worldview." -- Erik Jones

In Globaloney, Michael Veseth achieves a rare combination: he conveys important economic arguments in a vivid and highly entertaining style. For anyone trying to assess the goods and bads of headlong progress toward a global economy, and trying to sort bogus fears from genuine reasons for concern, this book is a great place to start.--James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly, and author of Breaking the News and Looking at the Sun

This book presents a novel and engaging critical analysis that incorporates insights from political economy into a story that will appeal to a wide readership.--Jarrod Wiener, University of Kent

This book is destined to please many readers.--P. K. Kresl, Bucknell University "CHOICE "

In "Globaloney", Michael Veseth achieves a rare combination: he conveys important economic arguments in a vivid and highly entertaining style. For anyone trying to assess the goods and bads of headlong progress toward a global economy, and trying to sort bogus fears from genuine reasons for concern, this book is a great place to start.--James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly, and author of Breaking the News and Looking at the Sun

Michael Veseth's "Globaloney" is the perfect down-to-earth primer for undergraduates trying to understand the debate over globalization. By focusing on commodities within every student's reach baloney, Michael Jordan, and soccer balls Veseth transparently links abstract global processes to real life.--Herman Schwartz, University of Virginia

With his customary verve, Michael Veseth has launched a passionate broadside against what he calls the 'myths' of globalization. Not everyone will agree with his unorthodox views; many will be provoked. But this book deserves to reach a wide audience. In a style both witty and easily accessible, Veseth uses familiar elements of popular culture to challenge conventional thinking. Readers will feast on Globaloney.--Benjamin J. Cohen, Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy, University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Veseth has written an accessible book that focuses on the inherent complexity of globalization. With clear language, gentle wit, and incisive logic, Veseth skewers the simple myths we like to believe about the interconnectedness of the world around us. However, Globaloney is more than just an aid to clear thinking, and complexity is hardly a virtue in its own right. Veseth's real aim is to help us better understand the many and conflicting ways that globalization touches on different societies and individuals. Understanding his argument is a necessary first step in the development of a 21st-century worldview.--Erik Jones, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Veseth's imaginative account of the varieties of globalization demands the attention of both scholars and students of the world economy. Through original case studies and deeply informed analyses, Veseth presents a fresh picture of a refreshingly diverse and serendipitous globalization. While the media, activists and policymakers generally paint globalization with a single brush, Veseth draws on a broad palette to puncture popular myths and promotes critical thinking. Globaloney is an important new work that advances our understanding of globalization and its effect on society and culture as well as business and finance.--G. Pascal Zachary, author of The Diversity Advantage: Multicultural Identity in the New World Economy

Michael Veseth's Globaloney is the perfect down-to-earth primer for undergraduates trying to understand the debate over globalization. By focusing on commodities within every student's reach baloney, Michael Jordan, and soccer balls Veseth transparently links abstract global processes to real life.--Herman Schwartz, University of Virginia"

Here's a book to break the spell cast by simplistic economic creeds from both left and right. If you want to make fresh discoveries about the global marketplace, Michael Veseth is your man. Don't let his lively, informal prose style fool you. He has a scientist's keen nose for tracking what's true back to its native lair: that wild thicket of fact where prevailing theory just won't fit.--Howard Cutler, executive producer, Commanding Heights Online The Battle for the World Economy"

Michael Veseth continues his amiable progress through the enchanted, topsy-turvy world of contemporary economic mythology. A real economist with an observant mind, he provides a series of suave and charming tales from his travels through the real world stories whose subjects range from Adam Smith to Michael Jordan, from soccer to the French, from mediocre mass food to global good wine. Skillfully blended together, these chase away the goblins of globaloney and leave us with a nicer world than we had thought.--David P. Calleo, Johns Hopkins University"

A lively and informative textbook that brings to life the real meaning of globalization. The author is neither a cheerleader for nor a crusader against globalization. He simply seeks to explain this concept and its various manifestations in an objective fashion.--Nader Entessar

About the Author

Michael Veseth is the Robert G. Albertson Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound and author of many books that approach national and global issues from innovative and controversial angles, including Selling Globalization and Mountains of Debt, the latter of which was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review and The Economist. Veseth is the founding director of the international political economy program at Puget Sound and an academic advisor to the interactive educational website for the PBS/WGBH series, "Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy." He lives in Tacoma, Washington and lectures widely.


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