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Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America Hardcover – 31 Mar 2006

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (31 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674022033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674022034
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,508,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A well-researched and readable account." -- TLS, August 2006

"Both entertaining and thought-provoking." -- Nature, 13 July 2006


If you've replaced a computer lately - or a cell phone, a camera, a television - chances are, the old one still worked. And chances are even greater that the latest model won't last as long as the one it replaced. Welcome to the world of planned obsolescence - a business model, a way of life, and a uniquely American invention that this eye-opening book explores from its beginnings to its perilous implications.

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