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Crass Struggle: Greed,Glitz, And Gluttony In A Wanna-Have World Hardcover – April 5, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgill Queens Univ Pr; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773537716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773537712
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My parents survived the Great Depression and taught me my most important lesson: "Work hard to earn money for the necessities in life. Don't think having lots of money or stuff makes you a better or more important person than anyone else." This book documents the incredible lengths to which people will go to acquire obscene levels of wealth. Lies, theft, murder, social and ecological devastation become means to satisfy greed. Naylor's documentation is both fascinating and horrifying and helps us understand, for example, the ludicrous subprime bubble that burst in 2008." David Suzuki

"This is a fabulous book - an engaging, fascinating, and provocative account of how upper class consumer tastes fuel underworld economies across the globe, with devastating consequences. There is no other book quite like it." Peter Andreas, Brown University

"It's a brilliant strategy: focusing not on their depredations, but their pretensions (...) I present this as an early suggestion for a Christmas present, in the tradition of jumping the gun on the season and in the rapacious spirit that motivates Naylor (to write, not accumulate). It's an appropriate gift to any of the 99 per cent." Rick Salutin, The Toronto Star

About the Author

R.T. Naylor is professor of economics at McGill University. His books include Satanic Purses, Wages of Crime, Patriots and Profiteers, and Hot Money and the Politics of Debt.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phelps Gates VINE VOICE on June 21, 2011
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Lots and lots of information, most of it correct, on the costs (financial, environmental, and social) of so-called "luxury" products. The author pulls no punches in his indictment of capitalism, US foreign policy, religion, etc., and anyone to the right of PZ Myers may be offended (I especially enjoyed his reference to the Eucharist as a "Dracula-like ritual" on p. 209). If the book has a failing, it's in an excess of examples, which are often presented rather superficially: after a few chapters one's eyes start to glaze over. The author seems to have an army of graduate students digging up material for him. Rather than this shotgun approach, I would have enjoyed a more detailed and clearer explanation of fewer cases: for example, I defy anyone to figure out from the treatment in this book exactly what was involved in the Hunt brothers' attempt to "corner" silver and why it failed.
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